Any vehicle that is designed to transport ten passengers or more, not including the driver qualifies as a bus under law and is to be treated as such. Most buses are large and long enough to have the same kinds of blind spots that a semi-tractor would while other buses are as compact as a passenger van. In 2008, there were over 843,000 registered buses in the United States and roughly 11,000 accidents that involved buses. While the amount of buses that are involved in bus accidents is relatively small, the impact on peoples’ lives is still great— 24,000 people were injured or killed by a bus in 2008.
Illinois Bus Accidents Involving Other Vehicles On The Road
Due to the nature of public transportation, buses are constantly stopping and going, picking people up and dropping them off along the way. While buses attempt to merge back into traffic, many accidents occur due to cars either being in the bus driver’s blind spot or the driver of the bus pulling out too fast into the traffic lane. Other accidents may be the result of the driver being in a hurry to complete his or her route and traveling too fast on busy streets. If a bus driver is at fault for an accident with another vehicle, the driver and the owner of the bus are both liable for the damage to the vehicle and the cost of any medical treatment that is required.
Pedestrians Struck By Buses On Streets In Chicago, Illinois
When the streets are flooded with pedestrians crossing streets and looking for cabs in the city, the risks are higher that those pedestrians might be involved in accidents with a vehicle or a bus that is being operated by someone who is not paying attention. Many of these accidents result in severe injuries or deaths and could be prevented if drivers quit being in such a rush and pay more attention. Both the driver and the bus company need to account for any injury or death that results from an accident that is the fault of the driver.
Common types of pedestrian-bus accidents include:
- Left-turning buses
- Right-turning buses
- Bus drivers not seeing pedestrians in crosswalks
- Buses backing up
- Pedestrian in bus blind-spots
Bus Passengers Injured In Accidents Caused By Bus Operators & Other Vehicles
Bus accidents affect passengers on the bus, who are thrown from their seats or sustain injuries from the impact of a collision. The bus driver is responsible for the safe delivery of passengers to their destination and any passenger who is injured has the right to pursue damages. School bus drivers who are transporting children to or from school need to be cautious and ensure the safety of every child on the bus in order to avoid litigation.
Whenever passengers are involved, it is imperative that drivers are safe and cautious in order to avoid exposing their employers to multiple lawsuits that will harm the company financially and cost at fault drivers their jobs. Unfortunately, most bus drivers are not adequately trained to be trusted with the lives of all of the passengers that they cart around each and every day. Bus companies will not make any changes to their training programs unless they are held to account when their drivers cause accidents that injure or kill others on the road or riding the bus.
Chicago Bus Accident Attorneys Serving Injured Passengers & Pedestrians
If you have been injured due to the actions of a negligent bus driver, Chicago Truck Injury Lawyers is here to help you recover compensation that is owed for your medical care, pain and suffering and time that you are forced to take off of work. Contact us today to find out how our experienced and knowledgeable bus accident attorneys can assemble your case and advocate for you so that the driver and company responsible for your injuries are held accountable. Setting up a consultation comes at no risk to you because we will never accept a payment for our legal services unless we negotiate a settlement in your best interest or collect damages on your behalf.