Two Students Injured In Arlington Heights Bus Accident By Lake Cook Road and Bloomington Avenue
Bus Accident - August 31, 2022
Special Needs Students Injured In Arlington Heights School Bus Accident By The Intersection of Lake Cook Road and Bloomington Avenue
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, ILLINOIS (August 31, 2022) – Two special needs students were injured in an Arlington Heights bus accident by Lake Cook Road and Bloomington Avenue.
Cook County officials are saying that the collision took place around 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday. A school bus carrying special needs students was involved in a collision with a pickup truck.
Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victims. Police did not issue any tickets following the collision.
A full investigation into the school bus accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Arlington Heights School Bus Accidents
Thousands of people are injured in bus accidents every year. According to the Journalist’s Resource, “About 50 passengers (including the driver) are killed, on average, in a given year. Inter-city buses are 1.9 [times] more likely to become involved in an accident, and charter operations have “significantly higher odds of driver error.” There are a number of steps that bus drivers should take in order to help avoid collisions.
- All bus drivers should be well rested before the start of their shift.
- All bus drivers should be well trained. Some may need to get a commercial license.
- All bus drivers should abstain from alcohol and other intoxicating substances.
Every driver has a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid collisions. Many accidents are due to drivers that are traveling too fast for the prevailing conditions. Pursuant to Illinois Vehicle Code 625, no person shall operate a motor vehicle at a speed greater than would be safe given the prevailing conditions of the roadway. If a driver caused an accident while speeding, this could form the basis of a negligence claim.
Liability for a bus collision could extend beyond any driver. If a bus driver was working at the time of a collision, the company or municipality that they worked for could be held at fault. In general, employers are liable for the wrongful actions of their employees. However, the employee must have been operating within the course and scope of their job duties. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any collision.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserve.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- An independent investigation should be conducted.
It is common for many people involved in bus accidents to not realize the full extent of their injuries immediately. It is important to seek medical care after a collision, even if you feel ok. It is common for insurance companies to argue that people were not seriously injured if they delay treatment for long periods.
Investigating An Illinois Bus Accident
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to all of the people injured in this Arlington Heights bus accident. It is our sincere hope that they are 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 bus accident? There are laws designed to help you. Our team of consumer safety advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims get the information and support that they are entitled to under the law. Whether you just have legal questions or need more information about a collision we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.