Five Children Injured In Trivoli School Bus Accident on Illinois Route 116 and Quarry Road
Bus Accident - November 7, 2022
Five Children, Two adults Injured In Trivoli School Bus Accident Involving Box Truck Along Illinois Route 116 and Quarry Road
TRIVOLI, ILLINOIS (November 3, 2022) – Five schoolchildren and two adults were injured in a Trivoli school bus accident with box truck on Illinois Route 116 by Quarry Road.
Peoria County officials are saying that the accident took place around 7:20 a.m. on Monday. A box truck was traveling down the roadway when it rear-ended a school bus carrying children.
Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help all of the victims. A total of five children between ages 5 – 14 were taken to the hospital.
Two adults were also injured in the crash. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Trivoli School Bus Accidents
School buses are typically some of the safest forms of transportation that students can take. But accidents still take place. According to the National Safety Council, “Of the people injured in school bus-related crashes from 2011 to 2020, about 33% were school bus passengers, 8% were school bus drivers, and 54% were occupants of other vehicles. The remainder were pedestrians, pedalcyclists, and other or unknown.” There are a number of factors that could contribute to a school bus collision.
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather
- Poor road conditions
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid collisions. Many car accidents are due to drivers that are following the lead vehicle too closely or speeding. Pursuant to Illinois Vehicle Code 625 ILCS 5/11-601, no person shall drive a motor vehicle at a speed greater than what is reasonable and prudent given the prevailing conditions of the roadway. There is a rebuttable presumption of negligence on the part of any driver that rear-ends a vehicle in their own lane.
If a box truck driver was working at the time of a collision, the company that they were working for could be held at fault. Generally speaking, companies are liable for the wrongful actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. However, many truck companies will try to evade liability for crashes by hiring their drivers as “independent contractors.” Victims of bus accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Many accident victims may not realize the full extent of their injuries for several weeks or months after a collision. It can be difficult to know where to begin after any school bus crash. But it is important to remember that accident victims do have rights. They have the ability to pursue a claim for damages if that is what they choose. Sadly, though, drivers will often fight hard to deny liability for any collision. This is why it is so important that evidence is properly preserved after a crash.
Investigating A Peoria County School Bus Accident
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to all of the people injured in this crash. It is our sincere hope that all of the children and adults who were injured will be able to make a full recovery. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to Peoria County officials.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Trivoli school bus accident? Our team of consumer safety advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support after a collision, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.