Two People Injured In Joliet PACE Bus Accident
Bus Accident - October 9, 2023
Multiple People Injured In PACE Bus Accident By Ingalls Avenue and Cora Street In Joliet
JOLIET, ILLINOIS (October 9, 2023) – Two people were hospitalized in a Joliet bus accident at the intersection of Ingalls Avenue and Cora Street.
Will County officials are saying that the accident took place around 4:18 p.m. on Friday. An SUV and a PACE bus were involved in a collision under uncertain conditions.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help all of the victims. Two people were extricated from the SUV and taken to St. Joe’s hospital in order to receive treatment.
A full investigation into the Joliet bus accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Joliet Bus Accidents
Many people are seriously injured or killed in bus accidents each year. According to the Journalist’s Resource, there are about 63,000 bus accidents every year. These accidents result in around 63,000 injuries and 325 fatalities on average. Most of the victims are either pedestrians or in smaller passenger vehicles. There are several reasons that buses can be particularly dangerous.
- Buses have large blind spots that can obscure the presence of smaller vehicles.
- Buses take much longer to stop than smaller vehicles.
- Buses have a much wider turning radius than smaller vehicles.
Buses are considered “common carriers” under the Common Carrier Liability Act (740 ILCS 25/) and are there fore held to a high standard in terms of safety. Many collisions are due to bus drivers that make dangerous left turns. Pursuant to Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/11-902), any driver intending to turn left must first yield the right-of-way to any driver traveling from the opposite direction that is close enough so as to pose a hazard. Victims of bus accidents tend to suffer very serious injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
If a bus 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 typically liable for the wrongful acts of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. Any person that is injured due to the negligence of a bus driver may have legal recourse 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 An Illinois Bus Accident
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to the people injured in this Joliet bus accident. It is our sincere hope that they will be able to make a full recovery. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Joliet bus accident? 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 need in order to recover. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of help after an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.