On behalf of Strom & Associates, Ltd. posted in Mass Transit Accidents on Friday, January 10, 2014.
When passengers board a bus, train or plane, they generally have an expectation of safe transit. That is not always possible, however, and mass transit accidents do occur in Illinois and other states throughout the nation. Victims of those accidents may suffer serious injuries that require expensive medical procedures to remedy. In some instances, a civil suit is the only way to recover those funds. Now, a Michigan man and two others who were injured during a September bus crash are pursuing a suit against Greyhound, alleging that the company’s negligence led to the public transit accident.
Official reports show that the bus was traveling to Detroit from Ohio in September when it plunged off of I-75 in an early morning wreck. Authorities say that 34 passengers aboard the bus suffered injuries, though none of them were life-threatening. Six victims were transported to local medical facilities for more intensive treatment.
News reports show that the formal complaint is seeking more than $75,000 in connection with the wreck. Allegations in that document include claims that the driver was so distracted that he caused the accident through negligence. Information from a related case shows that Greyhound is defending the driver, arguing that he suffered from an acute medical emergency at the time of the wreck. The bus company is denying all claims of negligence, and it is seeking dismissal of the civil suits. Greyhound argues that it is not at fault for the wreck because of the driver’s medical condition.
Victims in this case suffered serious injuries that required expensive medical treatment. Now, they deserve to recover damages to repay them for their physical wounds and emotional distress. Personal injury attorneys in Illinois can help such victims learn more about their legal rights, even if the at-fault company is fighting against the civil claims.
Source: mLive, “Geoffrey Fieger files lawsuit over Greyhound crash; Bus service blames driver’s medical emergency” Khalil AlHajal, Dec. 30, 2013