Earlier this week, a Chicago truck accident attorney at our firm read a news report detailing a lawsuit that has been filed in the aftermath of a destructive bus accident. BGDailyNews.com reports that the accident in question transpired June 6 after a bus driver was allegedly strung out on energy drinks when he refused to slow down the bus – despite pleas from the bus’s passengers prior to the accident. The accident transpired just moments into a scheduled educational bus trip for students, teachers, as well as, parents to Washington DC.
The lawsuit has been filed by the family members of three of the student passengers aboard the bus – which names the 49-year-old bus driver, in addition to, the driver’s bus company Southwestern Illinois Bus Company LLC, as defendants in the lawsuits. Court records show that the driver was traveling east along an interstate highway when he failed to negotiate a curve – ultimately causing the bus to leave the shoulder of the road and flip upon it’s side.
Our Chicago truck accident lawyer learned that the bus was transporting 55 individuals – including 20 adults, 34 children, as well as, the bus driver. The lawsuit asserts that the bus driver operated the commercial passenger bus from Chicago to Cub Run (an eight hour driver) and then planned to drive another eight hours to the nation’s capital. Under federal regulations, this 16 hour drive is illegal under laws that prohibit commercial vehicle drivers from operating more than 11 hours at a time.
Court documents also assert that the 49-year-old driver consumed a pleathora of energy drinks during his driver from Chicago to Cub Run. Additionally, it is also asserted that the driver drove too fast for roadway conditions. Preliminary estimates have shown that the driver was speeding upwards of 68 miles per hour on a winding, hilly country road before losing control of the passenger bus. The driver disregarded the teachers and parents repeated pleas to slow down. Ultimately, the passengers aboard the bus called 911 to report the driver’s reckless rate of speed.
The lawsuit asks the court to grant a judgement against the negligent bus driver and Southwestern Illinois Bus Company LLC. Additionally, our Illinois truck accident attorney learned that the lawsuit requests a jury trial, as well as, court costs.
Devastating accidents such as this one can be severe and life-altering. If you have been injured in an Illinois trucking accident or have lost a loved one at the hands of a negligent driver, please contact our experienced accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti for a free consultation.