Earlier today, STLToday.com reported a devastating Illinois trucking accident that occurred in Springfield, Illinois. The article reveals that a school bus transporting 33 sixth-grade students was traveling along Interstate 55 at around 4:30 p.m. – just five miles of Litchfield – when a semi truck traveling in front of the school bus began to slow down. The school bus driver failed to notice the semi truck driver’s reduced speed and subsequently collided into the back of the semi truck.
As a result of the collision, our Chicago truck accident attorneys learned that more than a dozen students aboard the bus, as well as, the school bus driver sustained injury. It is reported that a 12-year-old student was airlifted to a nearby Illinois hospital where she has been treated for a broken femur. She is currently listed in fair condition and is expected to undergo surgery. Additionally, seven children were treated at a hospital in Litchfield – with two later discharged, three still requiring hospitalization, and two airlifted to a St. Louis hospital.
Several concerned parents also took their children to an area hospital where they were treated for minor injuries – such as bumps and bruises. Uninjured students returning from the field trip in Springfield, Illinois, were transported back to their school. Our Chicago truck accident lawyers read that due to the crash investigation, the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 from exit 60 to exit 52 in Litchfield remains closed as of press time.
Any Chicago truck accident lawyer will tell you that motor vehicle accidents – including bus and semi truck accidents – continue to remain the leading cause of fatality among children. This notion is due to the fact that any injury sustained by a young child in a motor vehicle collision can lead to substantially devastating consequences than those injuries sustained by adults A recent analysis conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals that children who suffer head injuries (such as traumatic brain injuries) as a result of a collision can experience lasting or late-appearing neuropsychological problems.
If you or your child has sustained injury in a motor vehicle collision, please contact our Chicago trucking accident attorneys as soon as possible. Our knowledgeable attorneys continue to provide qualified legal representation to those who have been injured as a result of another’s negligence. Recently, our attorneys obtained a $6.5 million settlement on behalf of a Huntley family incurred debilitating injuries in a tragic semi truck accident. Through our investigation, it was revealed that the driver of the semi truck was operating under the influence of marijuana, in addition to, operating an overloaded semi truck at the time of the accident.