• June 05, 2017

James J. Larsen Killed in Party Bus Accident in Northbrook, IL

Northbrook, IL -- An incident on a "party bus" claimed the life of 27-year-old James J. Larsen Saturday, June 3, 2017 in Northbrook, IL.

The incident happened on I-294 near Lake Cook Road around 3 a.m.

According to reports, Mr. Larsen got up to turn up the volume on the radio when for reasons unclear he fell down the stairs, falling from the doors of the bus. The man fell onto the expressway, where he was struck by a passenger vehicle.

The man was killed at the scene of the incident.

map of the area

Commentary

Party buses are a good idea insofar as they keep revelers from drinking and driving. Unfortunately, many of these buses encourage activities leading to injury or even death. Conduct a Google search on "party bus accidents," and you'll see any number of deadly incidents involving party buses.

In fact, in March, 2017, as a response to safety concerns involving party buses, the mayor of Chicago introduced an ordinance dealing with illegal party buses operating within city limits.

Think about it like this. How often do we hear about safety issues in bars that lack adequate security, or oversight? All too frequently we read about people suffering injuries and death arising from alcohol-related accidents. In may way of viewing this, taking all those potential safety concerns and packing them into a vehicle moving at high speeds down a highway exponentially increases the risk of harm.

Without question, this is an absolute tragedy. I have a lot of questions I would love to ask the company running this party bus. Was the driver unlicensed? Was the driver of the bus properly trained to deal with potential safety hazards that may arise? If alcohol was served on this bus, was it done so safely and responsibly? Was the bus made "drunk proof" in an effort to prevent an accident such as this?

I know this. The general public shouldn't be made to wait for another tragedy before we take a harder look into the entire party bus enterprise. However, I fear we'll witness more party bus tragedies before the industry standard reaches levels of acceptability.

--Grossman Law Offices

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