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$5.1 Million Megabus Settlement Awarded Same Week as Several Megabus Accidents

It has been a chaotic week for officials from Megabus, a passenger service bus company owned by Coach USA, following two incidents of bus accidents on Chicago, Illinois routes that left a total of two individuals dead, and dozens more injured. Nevertheless, spokespersons from Megabus found themselves on call again this week just one day after a 76 year-old woman was killed by a Megabus while crossing the street, as a result of the fact that the coach carrier agreed to a multimillion-dollar settlement in an Illinois personal injury case that arose out of a similar incident in 2010, said the Chicago Tribune.

Megabus is a passenger carrier service that operates to transfer persons on routes across the Eastern and Central United States. It is known for its low prices, including tickets with prices that start as low as $1.

Just three blocks away from where the woman was killed by one of Megabus’s coaches this week, on Feb. 23, 2010 a man died when a Megabus struck him in a crosswalk at the intersection of Adams and Desplaines streets.

Although spokespersons on behalf of Megabus are claiming that the timing of the prior case’s settlement was unrelated to this week’s accident, the actual incidents themselves are very similar; both incidents occurred late a on Tuesday afternoon along Adams Street, near the location at which Megabus picks up passengers on the side of the road, and in both cases, the buses were making left turns and the drivers were ticketed, reported the Chicago Tribune.

In this latest Chicago personal injury settlement, Megabus agreed to pay the victim’s family $5.1 million in damages, but refused to officially admit wrongdoing.

Under Illinois law, in Chicago wrongful death cases, damages are awarded when a person’s death has been caused by the fault or negligence of another person or business. In cases of wrongful death, family members and loved ones of the decedent can file a claim to potentially make the wrongdoer pay damages for things such as the loss of companionship, monetary damages to cover the earnings the deceased person would have provided, and expenses associated with the death such as funeral and burial costs.

In addition to the two fatal accidents this week and the settlement from a death that arose during a prior Megabus accident, the Chicago Tribune reports that, just this past Wednesday, another Megabus coach caught fire in a multi-state trip covering the Southern United States. According to recent news accounts, authorities believe a blown tire caused the blaze
Our Chicago personal injury lawyers have extensive experience handling claims arising from injuries caused by defective automobiles. If you or a loved one have been in one of these types of accidents, or if you are the survivor of someone who may have died from an accident occurring under similar circumstances, contact an attorney to better understand your rights under the law.