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Illinois bus accident injures 13

An accident involving a passenger bus in Chicago at around 6:35 a.m. on Aug. 29 left 13 people with various injuries. This included 12 bus passengers and an off-duty firefighter who was participating in the rescue effort when he was injured. Several ambulances transported the injured parties to various local hospitals for medical evaluation and treatment.

According to law enforcement officials, the accident occurred near O'Hare International Airport when the bus driver struck a concrete barrier that is used to separate the arrival and departure lanes for the airport. Witnesses report that the driver failed to engage the brakes or take any evasive action to avoid hitting the median. Police reported that the accident investigation was ongoing.

When a person is injured in an accident due to the actions of a negligent driver, that injured party may need to file a personal injury claim against the driver who is found to be at fault to deal with expenses that occur due to the accident. Remuneration for damages may be sought for damages that include serious injuries, broken bones, lost wages, pain and suffering, medical expenses and the costs of any necessary rehabilitation services or mental health counseling.

In any accident that leaves the passenger of a commercial vehicle injured, the accident investigators will pay close attention to determine if the vehicle and the driver operated in a safe manner. If it can be proven that the commercial vehicle driver knew the vehicle had defective or malfunctioning equipment, was fatigued from driving more than the number of hours allowed or was impaired in some way, then that driver may be found to be responsible for any injuries that occurred as a result of the accident.

Source: NBC Chicago, "Woman Injured in O'Hare Bus Crash Files Suit", September 02, 2014

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