Unfortunately, many serious car crashes occur every day on the streets of Chicago. There are a variety of factors that might cause a car accident. Some factors include distracted driving, alcohol consumption, or medical conditions.
Recently, a 71 year-old Chicago bus driver suffered a medical condition that caused the driver to lose control of the bus. The loss of control caused a string of accidents that finally ended when the bus collided with a taxi. The bus then collided with cars on the street as the driver ran a red light. Both the driver of the taxi and the driver of the bus were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Fortunately, the bus, owned by a private company and leased to a local school district, did not have any passengers. The bus was headed to pick up students at a local school when the accident occurred. The police are investigating the incident, as is the bus company. The company reports that the driver has been an employee with the company for 15 years. The status of the driver with the company remains undecided pending the conclusion of the police investigation.
A car accident can happen at any moment. Sometimes an unknown medical condition can strike an individual while they are driving. For those with medical conditions driving can place drivers in very difficult situations. Drivers must use caution when driving to avoid suffering from any known medical conditions while behind the wheel and should always consult with their doctor before driving. Drivers should also take care to keep their medication in check.
If an individual is injured as a result of the negligence of another driver, they may be able to seek compensation for their injuries. Some forms of compensation include reimbursement for medical expenses, lost wages, and compensation for pain and suffering. An experienced personal injury attorney can assist in obtaining the best possible result in these types of claims.
Source: Chicago Tribune, “Cops: Driver’s medical condition caused school bus crashes“, Jonathan Bullington, Jan. 30, 2013