The loss of a child due to a fatal accident is one of the most difficult and trying hardships to overcome. Nearly all parents feel they should not live past their children, making the pain of losing a child particularly acute. While nothing can bring back someone who has died, the law provides survivors with the means to seek compensation for medical expenses as well as pain and suffering and other damages. Every parent who has lost a child in an accident deserves the best form of closure he or she can possibly find.
Last month, a Chicago Transit Authority bus struck and killed a 19-month old girl as she ran into South Shore Drive. On Thursday, June 5, her mother reportedly filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the transit authority on the child’s behalf. In the lawsuit, the girl’s mother claims that the bus driver was operating the vehicle in a careless manner.
According to authorities, the bus driver allegedly saw the child and attempted to swerve but could not move the large vehicle in time to avoid hitting the girl. Witnesses say the little girl was pinned underneath the bus following the accident. The medical examiner’s office reported that the girl was transported to a nearby children’s hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The news report says the girl’s mother claims that the bus driver was not maintaining safe speed and failed to avoid the child. She is seeking at least $50,000 for damages in the two-count wrongful death lawsuit against the CTA. Reportedly, the bus driver has not been named in the lawsuit, and a CTA spokesperson has declined to make any comments on the pending litigation.
Source: NBC Chicago, “Mother of Girl Hit By Bus Sues CTA” No author given, Jun. 06, 2014
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