Four People Injured In Crest Hill School Bus Accident on Route 53 near Stateville Correctional Center
Bus Accident - January 5, 2023
Several People Injured In Crest Hill School Bus Accident Along Route 53 Not Far From Stateville Correctional Center
CREST HILL, ILLINOIS (January 4, 2022) – At least four people were injured in a Crest Hill school bus accident on Route 53 near Stateville Correctional Center.
Crest Hill police officials are saying that the accident took place around 8:30 a.m. on Monday. A school bus and a semi-truck were involved in a collision.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victims. Four people were transported to the hospital in order to receive treatment.
The road between Division Street and Caton Farm Road was closed for several hours while police investigated.
Liability For Crest Hill School Bus Accidents
School bus accidents may seem like freak occurrences, but they are unfortunately quite common. According to the National Safety Council, “School bus-related crashes killed 54 people nationwide in 2020, down by over 50% compared to 2019 according to National Safety Council (NSC) tabulations of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).” There are a number of factors that make school buses particularly dangerous for smaller vehicles.
- School buses have large blind spots.
- School buses weigh much more than passenger vehicles
- School buses have a large turning radius.
School buses are considered “common carriers” under the Common Carrier Liability Act (740 ILCS 25/). Their drivers must use an abundance of caution to avoid accidents. Many collisions are due to speeding. Pursuant to Illinois Vehicle Code 625 ILCS 5/11-601, no person shall operate a motor vehicle at a speed greater than would be reasonable or safe given the prevailing conditions of the road. If a truck or bus driver fails to slow down to avoid a collision, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. Victims of bus accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
It can be hard to know where to begin after any collision. Many accident victims suffer serious and life-changing injuries. To make matters worse, truck and bus companies will often fight hard to deny liability for any collision. It is important for accident victims to know that they do have rights. They have the ability to recover damages through a civil claim if that is what they choose. It is extremely important that evidence is properly preserved after any collision.
Investigating An Illinois School Bus Accident
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to all of the victims of this Crest Hill bus accident. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of all of the victims.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured due to the negligence of another driver? Our team of bus accident attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they deserve. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of help after a collision we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.