• March 20, 2019

10 Injured in Iroquois County, IL, Charter Bus Accident on I-57

Iroquois County, IL -- March 18, 2019, ten people were injured as the result of an accident where a charter bus crashed into the back of a semi along I-57.

Investigators with the Illinois State Police reported that the accident happened at around 2:00 p.m. near the exit for Highway 54.

Preliminary reports indicate that a charter bus carrying roughly 30 passengers was traveling southbound along the interstate. Somehow, the bus crashed into the back of a semi-trailer.

As a result of the accident, the bus driver and 9 people were taken to hospitals with injuries said to be minor. The truck driver wasn't hurt.

Additional details surrounding the accident remain

Map of the Area

Commentary

While there's not enough information about the crash to comment on that aspect of accidents, I am concerned anytime I see reports say that injuries were, "minor." I truly hope that's the case and those involved here make a full, speedy recovery. But I litigated a case a while back where our client was sent home with some "minor" back pain. It turned out that pain was from a ruptured disk in his spine, and it slowly leaked spinal fluid. After a week, that soreness became excruciating, paralyzing pain. He could hardly move, let alone go to work and provide for his family. Ultimately, he needed invasive surgery to fix what initially seemed to be no big deal.

The reason it's important to address this is because sometimes injuries take longer than that to show their true severity. During that time, victims might not bother gathering crucial evidence because they think theywon't need it. By the time they realize they need to build a case, those pieces of evidence might have deteriorated. That's why it's crucial to treat even "minor" injuries as seriously as possible. There's no such thing as being too prepared, and I see no reason why this incident would be the exception.

--Grossman Law Offices

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