Chicagotribune.com recently released a report detailing the death of a 64-year old woman this weekend in Mount Prospect, Illinois after she was struck by a privately owned bus. The woman, who lived in Des Plaines, was struck on Elmhurst Road north of Algonquin Road at about 7pm on Saturday. The report does not specify whether she was driving or walking alongside the road, only that she was declared dead at 1:30am Sunday at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital due to her injuries, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
After the accident, police questioned a 25-year old Chicago man who was driving the bus. Mount Prospect police have not yet released any information on any charges or citations. They are, however, asking for any witnesses to the accident to come forward with further information.
Although it is not confirmed who was specifically responsible for causing the accident, wrongful death cases similar to the one described above are common throughout Illinois and have been seen numerous times by our law firm. In relation to bus accidents, we have handled many cases for injured or killed victims due to these accidents, including CTA, shuttle, and school bus accidents. We also represent injured bus passengers, motorists, and pedestrians involved in bus accidents in Illinois lawsuits. Bus drivers are expected to follow all rules and regulation necessary to protect the safety of passengers and pedestrians on the roadway, including owning a proper license, properly maintaining their vehicle, and ensuring they can operate the bus attentively and responsibly. However, bus accidents do occur, and oftentimes it is the result of driver negligence.
Our Chicago accident attorneys have successfully handled hundreds of wrongful death cases for the families of victims wrongfully killed due to driver negligence. In 2010, John Perconti of Levin & Perconti obtained $4.7 million for the family of a 32-year old woman who was killed in an accident with a semi-truck, the highest wrongful death settlement ever recorded in Kane County. We also reached a $1.25 million settlement for a 50-year old woman who was struck by a bus while walking in a cross walk.
If you have lost a loved one in an accident caused by someone’s negligence, you may be able to receive compensation. Our law firm has the proper experience needed to assist you in determining if legal recourse may be available to you, informing you of your rights, and ultimately offering you the resources you need to seek legal action. Please contact us for more information.