The first Chicago motor vehicle crash lawsuit has been filed in Saturday’s CTA bus accident off Lake shore Drive that injured over 30 people. 44-year-old Yolanda Anderson filed her Chicago personal injury complaint in Cook County Circuit Court. She is seeking unspecified damages from the Chicago Transit Authority and bus driver that was operating the commercial bus.
Anderson contends that she got hurt when the 6 Jackson Park Express which she was standing in, veered abruptly, jumped a curb, and crashed into a tree. The impact of the Chicago bus accident threw her to the floor of the bus. Anderson injured her back, neck, and arm, and she also may have suffered nerve damage.
In her Cook County bus accident complaint, Anderson claims that the bus driver was speeding and did not slow down to prevent injuries to passengers. She also claims that the bus was inadequately maintained and that its steering mechanism did not work properly.
About 70 people were riding the bus when the traffic crash happened. The impact of the collision caved in the bus’s front side. Several people were in serious to fair condition. Over 20 passengers were treated at the accident site for bruises and bumps.
The bus driver had told union officials that she tried to redirect the bus even as it continued to move to the right. There is a possibility that she may have accidentally stepped on the accelerator.
Chicago Bus Accidents
Commercial bus drivers owe a duty of care to their passengers and others on the road to drive safely. Most buses don’t have seat belts and passengers can get seriously hurt during a Chicago bus crash. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and the occupants of passengers cars are also at risk of injury when involved in a Cook County traffic crash with a CTA bus, a school bus, or another large, commercial vehicle.
First lawsuit filed by passenger in CTA bus crash, Chicago Breaking News, October 12, 2010
Dozens hurt in Chicago bus accident, Northwest Herald/The Associated Press, October 10, 2010
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