Being a major metropolitan city, Chicago is a hub of transportation of all types. Chicago also acts as an epicenter for statewide and interstate with its two major airports and large train and bus terminals. Bus transportation is widely used by commuters and travelers alike, and these groups have many options including CTA, Pace bus system for local travel and commercial buses like Greyhound and Megabus. Because these transportations systems service large volumes of passengers frequently, it is important that these vehicles of transportation are in their best working order and that they are operated by drivers who practice caution and safety and avoid negligent and reckless driving behaviors. Since these services are so widely used, it is imperative that these companies abide by their legal duty to their patrons by being safe and keeping their passengers free from danger and injury.
When mass transportation operators act with negligence, passengers’ lives are put at risk and crashes can occur, endangering the safety of passengers who placed their trust in these companies and drivers. So was the case early Tuesday when a Chicago-bound Megabus flipped over and caused injuries to dozens of passengers, according to recent articles by the Chicagoist and the Chicago Tribune. The accident occurred as the bus was traveling on Interstate 65 near Indianapolis en route to Chicago. According to reports, the two-level bus flipped on its side. The driver explained that he tried to swerve to avoid colliding with another vehicle that had crashed early, and this overcorrection caused the bus to flip over. One state police sergeant explained that the driver could not see the oncoming accident because of rain or another factor and swerved to avoid.
Many of the passengers suffered injuries from this crash. At least six passengers were seriously injured, and 20 more sustained minor to moderate injuries from the rollover crash. One passenger described how the man next to him was cut and bleeding and that another woman was trapped between seats. Another individual’s hand was pinned underneath the bus. There were approximately 56 people total on the bus, according to the state police. At this time, at least six had to be taken to hospitals for emergency care.
Rollover crashes are incredibly dangerous and often result in very serious personal injuries or death. The danger is compounded when the vehicle that rolls over is a means of mass transportation, because dozens of lives can be put in peril. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explains that rollovers have a higher fatality rate than other types of crashes and that they are more likely to occur in tall and narrow vehicles (ex: buses, trucks, SUVs) due to their higher center of gravity. Additionally, rollovers can be avoided when the driver practices the proper maneuvering. It is important that drivers avoid panic-like steering because this can often result in overcorrecting, causing the vehicle to flip over and roll. Overcorrecting and excessive steering can cause a driver to lose control, forcing the vehicle to slide sideways and roll. Instead, if a vehicle is leaving the roadway, a driver should gradually reduce speed.
For over 20 years our lawyers have helped accident victims seek justice for the harms caused to them by the negligence of others. We understand that Megabus accidents and other commercial transportation accidents can have devastating effects due to the size of these vehicles and the high volume of passengers they serve. Bus accident injuries can be life-altering, leaving victims faced with mounting medical bills, years of therapy and rehabilitation and lost income. If you have been injured in a bus accident, it is important to seek the help of a legal professional so that you can hold the negligent party responsible and obtain compensation you deserve for your injuries and suffering. Our attorneys would be happy to speak to you in a free consultation. Call us today, and we may be able to help you with your potential case.