Earlier this weekend, a Chicago truck accident lawyer at our office read a news report confirming that two individuals have been injured in an Illinois bus accident on the Stevenson Expressway. According to the article, posted on SunTimes.com, the accident transpired Friday morning when one of three buses transporting inmates from Cook County Jail to Stateville Prison collided into the bus traveling in front of it. It was reported that the bus driver has not noticed the reduction of traffic speed when he collided into the other bus around 8 a.m. on the outbound Stevenson – just south of Pulaski.
As a result of the bus collision, our Chicago truck accident attorney learned those injured included one inmate, as well as, one law enforcement officer. Both individuals suffered minor injuries and were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital. It was revealed that the other 105 inmates were put back onto the buses and taken back to Cook County Jail where they were put under medical review to ensure that no other injuries were sustained. After being medically checked out, the inmates were transported back to Stateville Prison. Illinois State Police revealed that although the accident caused traffic to remain backed up for a short period of time after the accident, the buses were relocated off the interstate – allowing traffic flow to resume.
Given the substantial size and weight of large commercial vehicles, such as buses and semi trucks, any collisions in which these vehicles are involved in carries the significant risk of debilitating and life-altering injuries and in many unfortunate cases — premature death. Statistics provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reveal that in 2009 alone, over 10,000 vehicles were involved in bus accidents across the United States. Of those 10,000 accidents, over 9,000 resulted in injury or death – ultimately causing over 20,000 individuals non-fatal injuries or fatality.
In the event of a bus accident, any Chicago trucking accident attorney will tell you that the consequences can be substantial for injured parties and their families. When negligence plays a role in these types of accidents, civil litigation can help families obtain the compensation they deserve as a result of another’s wrongful or negligent conduct. Some of the most common types of compensation accident victims can recover in a bus accident include:
– Medical expenses – Lost wages – Loss of earning capacity – Rehabilitation expenses – Physical and emotional pain and suffering – Punitive damages aimed to punish the wrongdoer for their negligent conduct