Three People In Palos Park School Bus Accident By 123rd Street
Bus Accident - September 23, 2023
Three People Hospitalized In Palos Park School Bus Accident With Pickup Truck By The Intersection of 123rd Street by 80th Avenue
PALOS PARK, ILLINOIS (September 23, 2023) – At least three people were hospitalized after a school bus was involved in a collision in Palos Park by 123rd Street by 80th Avenue.
Cook County officials are saying that the incident took place around noon on Thursday. A Palos Park school bus was involved in a collision with a pickup truck.
The driver of the pickup truck reportedly lost control of the vehicles brakes before they collided with a school bus. According to one report, the school bus spiraled after the initial collision and struck another vehicle.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help all of the victims. Three people were taken to the hospital in order to receive treatment.
A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Palos Park School Bus Accidents
Accidents involving school buses are much more common than most people may realize. According to the National Safety Council, “From 2012 to 2021, about 70% of the deaths in school bus-related crashes were occupants of vehicles other than the school bus, and 16% were pedestrians. About 5% were school bus passengers, 5% were school bus drivers, and 3% were pedalcyclists.” There are a number of reasons that school buses can be particularly dangerous.
- School buses have large blind spots that can obscure the presence of other vehicles.
- School buses are much more difficult to stop than passenger vehicles.
- School buses have a high center of gravity and are much more prone to rollover collisions.
School bus drivers are considered common carriers and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. Pursuant to Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/11-601), all drivers must not operate their vehicle at a speed greater than what would be reasonable or safe given the prevailing conditions of the roadway. If a driver fails to slow down to avoid hitting another vehicle, this could form the basis of a negligence claim.
Liability for any collision could extend beyond any driver. The company responsible for maintaining a vehicle could be held at fault for a collision. Many accidents involving brake failures involve vehicles that are not properly maintained. Or, in some cases, a driver may neglect performing needed maintenance on their vehicles. Victims of car accidents tend to suffer very serious injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Organ damage
Many of the injuries associated with any bus accident may not be apparent for several weeks or months after any collision. It is important to seek medical treatment for any serious collision. Any person injured in a bus accident may be able to seek some measure of justice through a bodily injury claim. A bus accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating Cook County School Bus Accidents
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to all of the people injured in this Palos Park school bus accident. It is our sincere hope that everyone who was injured in this collision will be able to make a full recovery. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Palos Park school bus accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. 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 a free, independent investigation into any collision we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.