Chicago, IL- A traffic crash involving a school bus and a motorcycle left six teens and two adults injured earlier this week. Most of the teen accident victims were not seriously injured, but all eight victims were taken to the hospital.
School Bus and Motorcycle Collide
WGN reports that the accident occurred Monday morning around 8:30 a.m. in South Side Chicago at the intersection of 109th and Michigan. Police told reporters that a motorcycle slammed into the passenger door of the bus which was carrying high school students between the ages of 15 and 19.
The bus driver, a 50-year-old woman, and six students were injured and were taken to local hospitals for treatment, WGN reports.
The motorcyclist, a 37-year-old man, suffered the worst injuries and was listed in serious condition.
Police are still trying to determine who is responsible for the crash, so their investigation is ongoing.
Which driver is at fault for an accident is not readily apparent as the above accident demonstrates. That can create a dilemma if any of the accident victims decide to file an injury claim. To recover compensation, you need to identify each party responsible for a crash and doing that will require a thorough investigation. The lawyers at USAttorneys.com are highly-skilled investigators and understand what evidence is important and how to gather it.
Accident Claims in Chicago
Not all accident victims need legal counsel to get compensation. However, victims who are severely injured and face temporary or permanent disability need legal assistance and should retain an injury attorney immediately.
Shared responsibility is common in traffic accidents, and each state treats the issue of mutual liability differently. Illinois is one of the many states with comparative negligence rules. Under those rules, each party’s actions are evaluated and if they in any way contributed to an accident, they are assigned a percentage of liability. For example, you weren’t wearing a seatbelt, and your neck injury was worse than it would have been if you were buckled up, so you are considered 15 percent liable for your injuries. In that case, the final settlement you receive will be reduced by that amount, so you would only receive 85 percent of the award. If your percentage of the responsibility goes beyond 50 percent, you cannot file a personal injury or wrongful death claim.
Comparative negligence sounds complicated because it is. In fact, most aspects of an accident claim are complicated and hard to digest for the average person. You are already injured, why add the extra trouble of navigating a legal system alone to your list of worries. Let USAttorneys connect you with an accident lawyer in Chicago to work on your claim and ensure you recover a generous accident settlement. We recommend you arrange a case evaluation today and let an expert take over.