Litchfield, IL- Illinois state police have charged the bus driver who caused a traffic accident, injuring 10 sixth-grade students Monday afternoon.
The bus carrying students from the Highland School District were returning from a field trip on Interstate 55 around 4:30 p.m., when the bus driver slammed into a tractor-trailer. Authorities believe the semi-truck was either slowing down or came to a stop as the driver approached a construction zone.
One student, Jessica Davis, 12, was airlifted to a local hospital with a broken leg that will likely require surgery. The bus driver and several other students were also injured and taken to the hospital. There were a total of 41 people on the bus with the majority of passengers incurring minor cuts and bruises.
Police have charged the bus driver, Henry Jaeger, with failure to reduce speed and failure to prevent an accident.
Excessive speed and inattention can lead to a traffic accident that can have serious consequences. Many people die as a result of an accident and others have severe injuries which can cause permanent or temporary disability. When faced with a loss of income and expensive healthcare, these personal injury victims will need to retain an Illinois accident attorney to recoup the costs associated with their injury.
Ambulance fees, surgical cost and a hospital stay can add up quickly, costing a person tens of thousands of dollars. To make matters worse these accident victims will also suffer a great deal of pain, but their auto accident lawyer will work diligently to make certain they get the compensation they deserve.
Highly-skilled accident attorneys are able to build a strong case of behalf of their clients and will be able win large settlements for those injured due to another’s carelessness.