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Student Bus Driver Receives Suspended Sentence for Fatal Accident

A 22 year-old UCONN student received a suspended sentence late last week for his role in a fatal bus accident. According to a news report, posted on Courant.com, the student was sentenced to 6 months in prison, however, the sentence was suspended and he will ultimately spend two years on probation with no jail time. The accident in question transpired on March 22, 2011, at around 8:10 p.m. when the student – who was employed through the school to operate university buses – fatally struck a pedestrian on the university’s campus.

Our Chicago accident attorneys learned that a subsequent investigation of the fatal accident revealed that the driver was traveling 19 mph, had no alcohol in his blood, and was not using a cell phone. However, the driver was reported to require corrective lenses to see yet had no eyeglasses on that evening. Local authorities were unable to confirm if the driver was wearing contact lenses the night in question. It was additionally confirmed by authorities that the pedestrian had no drugs or alcohol in his system and was crossing the street properly when he was fatally struck.

Ultimately, the student driver pleaded no contest to negligent homicide with a motor vehicle and failure to yield to a pedestrian. The family of the accident victim contends that the accident was an act of manslaughter and has filed a lawsuit against both the driver and the university.

When devastating accidents, such as the one previously mentioned, take the life of a loved one or result in serious injury – the results can be life-altering. The risk for substantial harm is further increased when the accident involves a pedestrian and a large commercial vehicle. Some of the potential pedestrian injuries that may be sustained as a result include: fractured bones, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, paraplegia, and even coma.

If you or a loved one has been injured or lost their life in a pedestrian accident, please contact our experienced Chicago accident lawyers as soon as possible. Our attorneys have expertly handled a variety of cases involving this type of motor vehicle accident and have obtained successful verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients.

Recently, our accident attorneys in Chicago obtained a $1.25 million settlement on behalf of a 50 year-old woman who was struck by a bus while crossing a Chicago crosswalk. The accident victim suffered multiple injuries including fractures to her pubic, rib, and spinal cord as a result of the accident. The driver of the vehicle ultimately pled guilty for failure to exercise due care and striking a pedestrian.