Two People Injured In Mundelein School Bus Accident By Route 45 and Shady Lane
Bus Accident - March 14, 2023
Two Students Injured In Mundelein School Bus Collision With Snow Plow Near The Intersection of Route 45 and Shady Lane
MUNDELEIN, ILLINOIS (March 14, 2023) – Two students were injured in a Mundelein school bus accident with a snow plow by the intersection of Route 45 and Shady Lane.
Lake County officials are saying that the accident took place on Thursday afternoon. A school bus was unable to stop before hitting a snow plow.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help all of the victims. A total of two people were reported to have sustained injuries.
An investigation into the Mundelein school bus accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Mundelein School Bus Accidents
School buses tend to be very safe for their passengers. According to the NHTSA, “American students are nearly eight times safer riding in a school bus than with their own parents and guardians in cars. The fatality rate for school buses is only 0.2 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT) compared to 1.5 fatalities per 100 million VMT for cars.” But accidents still happen and they can leave victims with serious injuries. There are a number of factors that could contribute to a school bus accident.
- Accidents are much more likely to occur during periods of reduced visibility or inclement weather.
- Accidents tend to happen at intersection when drivers are making turns.
- Accidents often occur when one or more drivers are speeding.
School buses are considered “common carriers” and are held to strict safety standards set forth in the Common Carrier Liability Act (740 ILCS 25/). All school bus drivers must exercise due care to avoid collisions. When the roads are bad drivers must slow down below the speed limit. If a school bus driver fails to slow down to avoid a collision, this could form the basis of a negligence claim.
The company or school district that a school bus driver worked for could also be held at fault for a collision. In general, 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. There are many steps that should be taken after a school bus accident.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- A thorough investigation should be conducted.
Many people who are injured in school bus accidents may not realize the full extent of their injuries for several weeks or months after a collision. Any person that is injured due to the negligent actions of a school bus driver may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. It is crucial that all evidence is properly preserved after an accident.
Investigating An Illinois School Bus Accident
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to all of the people injured in this Mundelein collision. Any person that may have more information about what happened should speak with investigators. This could have been a lot worse.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Mundelein school bus accident? Our team of bus safety advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that victims of bus accidents get the medical and financial support that they need in order to recover. 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.