As frequent visitors to our blog are aware, buses are a common mode of transportation in Illinois. Whether we are talking about public transportation in the Chicago metro area, charters carrying interstate travelers, or school busses in rural Illinois, we rely on bus transportation for a wide variety of commuting purposes. Like all motor vehicles, bus passengers are at risk of personal injuries when others drive recklessly and are negligent.
According to an article by The Southern Illinoisan, a daycare bus and a truck collided in an accident outside of Carbondale. This resulted in injuries to eleven children and two adults. The collision occurred when a garbage truck turned north onto Spillway Road off of Illinois 13, went onto two wheels, and hit the back of a daycare bus that had also just turned the corner. The collision caused the bus to spin off the side of the road, and the truck to overturn off the road. Police are still investigating why the truck made a turn at such an unsafe speed. All of the children and adults aboard the bus were rushed to the local Carbondale hospital.
Unfortunately, school transportation-related crashes, including daycare accidents are all too common nationwide and put minors at risk of serious personal injuries and death. According to 2009 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an average of 19 school-age passengers and pedestrians die in these crashes every year. Between the years 2000 – 2009, there were a total of 371,104 fatal motor vehicle crashes nationwide, and 1,245 of these crashes were school transportation related. Also between these years, 1,386 people died in school transportation related crashes. This is an average of 139 deaths per year.
Our attorneys care greatly about the lives of minors who travel on our roads. These young children (and their parents) trust that bus operators and others on the road will drive safely so that young passengers can arrive to their destinations unharmed. Parents and guardians also place trust in school and daycare workers and drivers that their young members of the family will be free from harm. Unfortunately, negligent drivers on the roads put these young people at risk of serious personal injuries and death, and when accidents occur, wrongdoers need to be held accountable. If your child has been injured in a bus accident, you may be able to hold the wrongdoer liable through a lawsuit. Our law firm is happy to offer free consultations. Call us today, and we can talk about your legal options with you.