Today the Chicago Sun-Times posted a story on the tragic death of a local woman following a Streeterville bus crash. According to the report, a negligent 47 year old driver was in a tour bus and he tried to make a right turn onto North Columbus Avenue. At the same time that he was turning, a woman was walking across the street. The 26 year old female bus crash victim was then unexpectedly hit by the turning vehicle. She lived only blocks from the intersection had had only taken a few steps away from the curb when the accident occurred. Emergency responders tried to save the woman, but she ultimately died from her injuries.
Investigations following the crash showed that the bus driver was under the influence of cocaine at the time of the accident. His only excuse is that he did not see the woman as he turned the corner.
It was also later learned that the man had a series of past behaviors that should have indicated his risk behind the wheel. For example, in the last twenty years the man has been cited over twenty times for a variety of driving citations and crimes. Besides that, the man was also wanted on two counts of criminal sexual assault for apparently molesting two young girls in 2006 and 2007. In 1992 the man had been sentenced to 8 years in prison for sexually assaulting another young girl.
Unfortunately, Chicago truck crashes continue to take lives of our area residents. Sometime genuine accidents occur, but in many cases, like this one, there is one party that clearly acted in a negligent way leading to the accident. It is particularly egregious when the negligent drivers of these large machines are under the influence of substances like drugs and alcohol. Last October our attorneys at Levin & Perconti worked on a similar case earning a record $6.5 million Illinois truck crash settlement for the surviving family of a woman who was killed when a truck driver rear-ended the family’s vehicle. The truck driver in that accident was under the influence of marijuana at the time. The individuals who hired the man did not perform regular drug tests, obtain his driving records, or conduct a background test to ensure his fitness to drive the truck.
All owners have an obligation to ensure that the people they hire to drive these trucks and buses are capable of operating the machine safely. Our Chicago personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti send sincere condolences to the friends and family of the victim in this tragic case and similar accidents in our area. It is vital that these negligent truck owners be accountable for this conduct and make changes to prevent all future accidents.
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