Posted On: August 5, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Cook County Bus Accident Lawsuit Seeks Damages for Injuries to a Child After Vomiting Bus Driver Falls Out of Vehicle

The mother of a child who was injured in an Illinois school bus crash last December after the bus driver fell out of the bus has filed a Cook County injuries to a minor lawsuit. Akilah Giddings is seeking at least $50,000 in damages for Jacqual Calbert’s injuries.

According to the complaint, In “attempt to lean over” so he could throw up, the driver opened the bus door and ended up falling out of the vehicle and onto the road. Meantime, the now driverless bus kept on moving and eventually crashed in a ditch.

Giddings is suing Illinois Central School Bus for her son’s personal injuries. A spokesperson for the defendant maintains that safety is “a top priority” for the company.

School Bus Accidents:
Every day, millions of school children are transported to and from schools in school buses. Most school buses lack seat belts, which is why it is even more crucial that a bus driver refrain from doing anything careless or reckless that could result in a school bus accident.

Common causes of Chicago school bus accidents:
• Speeding
• Aggressive driving
• Distracted driving
• Texting or talking on the phone
• Reckless driving
• A bus driver who is inadequately trained or not experienced enough to operate a school bus
• Bus malfunction
• Poor bus maintenance
• Driver fatigue
• Poor road conditions

Unfortunately, thousands of children are injured in school bus accidents every year. Bus passenger injuries can include broken bones, back injuries, neck trauma, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, whiplash, burn injuries, traumatic brain injuries, internal bleeding, disfigurement, soft tissue trauma, and wrongful death. There are also those who are injured from being struck by a school bus.

Bus company sued over crash by vomiting driver, Chicago Tribune, August 4, 2010

School bus crashed after driver leaned out to vomit: lawsuit, Sun Times, August 4, 2010

Related Web Resources:
The National Coalition for School Bus Safety

New Study On School Bus Safety Shows Injuries Well Exceed Previous Reports, Science Daily, November 6, 2006

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