When motorists in Illinois drive in the vicinity of a school, they may want to be extra cautious and observant. It is not uncommon for a car accident to occur at a crosswalk that is specifically marked as a school zone. Because children have no protection, these accidents often result in critical or fatal injuries.
A mother alleges that her son suffered serious injuries in Sept. 2013 when he was on his way home from school. As he reached a marked school crosswalk, a northbound school bus stopped and the driver allegedly indicated with a wave of his hand for the boy to proceed across the street. The boy then crossed the road and was struck by an eastbound vehicle.
The boy suffered serious injuries that included a pulverized femur that required hardware to be inserted. His condition also apparently caused constant pain and suffering and led to disability. His mother has filed charges relating to the accident against the driver who allegedly knocked down her son, along with the school bus company and the driver as its agent. She is requesting the court for a ruling of over $100,000 in damages, along with legal costs and any other aid the court may deem appropriate.
When a child in Illinois is injured in a car accident that was caused by the negligence of another party, the parents of the child retain the right to file a personal injury claim in a civil court. It may be advisable to seek increased understanding related to the legalities of such claims and the required procedures to follow. After a successfully litigated case, the court may award monetary restitution to cover medical and other costs brought about by such a tragic accident.
Source: madisonrecord.com, “Woman claims son struck by driver after bus driver waved him across street“, , March 24, 2014