It has been a tough week for Megabus.
Just this week our Chicago personal injury lawyers contemplated Megabus’s potential for liability after one of the company’s coach busses crashed into a concrete pillar of an overpass on Interstate 55, south of Springfield, Illinois, killing one woman and leaving several others injured.
Almost as if beyond pure tragic coincidence, yesterday another Megabus struck a 76-year-old woman crossing the street in the West Loop, leaving her fatally injured, said the Chicago Tribune.
The Tribune reported that the bus was turning left at Adams and Canal streets when the side-view mirror hit the older woman. The woman was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, but was declared dead later that evening.
At this point, police are still investigating the incident and interviewing witnesses, as well as examining surveillance video from a nearby pharmacy. Although officials found no indication of the driver having been under the influence, if inquiries find any sign of negligence on behalf of the bus driver, there is a possibility that Megabus may be held liable in an Illinois wrongful death lawsuit.
When any passenger climbs aboard a bus, he or she trusts that the driver is properly licensed, well-rested and prepared to operate the bus in the safest possible manner. A bus passenger also trusts that the vehicle has been properly inspected and designed, and that all parts of the bus are fully operational. However, bus accidents do occur, and oftentimes they are the result of negligence on the part of the bus driver, bus company or bus manufacturer. When passengers are seriously injured in an Illinois bus accident, they may be able to take action to hold any and all wrongdoers accountable in an Illinois personal injury lawsuit.
Under Illlinois law, corporations – in their capacity as employers – may be held liable for the negligent or reckless actions of their employees. It’s what’s known as the docrine of respondeat superior, and it mantains that, in many circumstances, an employer is responsible for the actions of employees performed within the course of their employment. Megabus has and had the responsibility to supervise their staff to ensure that mistakes weren’t made, and to hire drivers who are qualified to transport passengers safely.
This particular accident would trigger a Chicago wrongful death lawsuit. Under Illinois law, wrongful death is the legal concept that arises 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.
Our Chicago bus accident lawyers handle all types of bus accident cases for injured victims. In fact, our attorneys won a $1.25 million settlement for a 50-year-old woman who was struck by a bus while walking in a cross walk, a $1.25 million settlement for a 77-year-old woman whose right leg was amputated above the knee when she was struck by a bus while walking across a bus terminal, and a $1.25 million settlement for a 50-year-old woman who suffered multiple pelvic fractures, rib fractures, and spinal transverse process fractures when she was run over by a bus while walking in a crosswalk.