Last month’s devastating Megabus accident was still fresh in the minds of our Chicago personal injury attorneys when we read that the family of one of the victims killed in the crash is striving for justice and has filed a lawsuit against the bus company.
According to the Chicago Sun Times, the parents of the graduate student killed in the downstate Illinois bus accident filed a lawsuit this week alleging that Megabus is liable for the wrongful death of the victim.
The woman was killed when the double-decker bus carrying 81 passengers crashed into a concrete bridge support pillar near Litchfield, Illinois. The victim’s parents were also passengers on the bus, and stated within the claim that they are still emotionally traumatized from seeing their daughter fatally injured.
The personal injury lawsuit accuses both Megabus and Coach Leasing, as well as the driver of the bus, of failing to properly maintain and inspect the bus and its tires. Currently, police are investigating the circumstances of the accident; although no citations have yet been issued and an investigation could take several weeks to complete, Illinois State Police have said a blown tire may have caused the crash, but that driver error appears not to have contributed to the collision, said the Sun Times.
The graduate victim’s family is not alone in filing suit against Megabus for this particular accident. Other passengers hurt in the collision have filed at least six other lawsuits in Cook County Circuit Court so far.
Here, Megabus had a duty to inspect and maintain its buses to ensure that they were safe for use in transporting passengers. The buses were under the exclusive control of Megabus, whose employees performed the inspection on behalf of the company. Additionally, the family of the graduate student who was killed in the incident may succeed in their Illinois wrongful death claim against Megabus inasmuch as wrongful death is the cause of action 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 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.