Passengers File Suit Against Tour Bus Company
Two passengers who were injured when the tour bus they were riding in made a U-turn in front of a tractor-trailer, causing the truck to hit them, filed a lawsuit against the Houston-based tour bus company. The lawsuit alleges the men, who are residents of Mexico, suffered pain and suffering, lost wages, mental anguish, as well as disfigurement. The lawsuit also asks for payment for the medical care the men received.
According to official reports, the driver of the tour bus made a U-turn in front of the tractor-trailer after learning that a passenger had been left behind during a brief stop. The bus was travelling from Houston to Chicago. The tractor-trailer struck the bus, ejecting the bus driver and a passenger, who were both pronounced dead at the scene. Three passengers on the bus, including Edgar Vela and Sergio Torres, were injured, as was the driver of the tractor-trailer. Owned and operated by American Coach Lines of Atlanta, Inc., the company runs routes throughout Texas as well as Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina and Florida. The line involved in the accident, which occurred on September 19, 2013, was known as El Expreso.
Court documents say that Vela and Torres are seeking more than $100,000 for the injuries they suffered. Lawyers for the two men claim that the bus driver was negligent when he made the U-turn and this qualifies the injured men for compensation. Those injured on the bus, as well as the truck driver, were taken to Northeast Texas hospitals with varying degrees of injury.
Company Responsible for Actions of Driver
The lawsuit states that El Expreso and American Coach Lines of Atlanta, Inc. were responsible for the actions of the bus driver who made the U-turn without looking. Furthermore, the suit also contends the driver failed to maintain a proper distance from other vehicles, failed to keep attention on the roadway and failed to properly apply brakes or control speed. The plaintiffs contend that it was the negligence of the driver, who was in the employ of the bus company, who caused their injuries.
When negligence is suspected as the cause or a contributing factor in a car accident that causes injury or death, a liability claim may be in order. Contact Dallas-Fort Worth lawyers at Frenkel & Frenkel to schedule a free initial consultation regarding an auto accident where injuries may have been caused or worsened by someone's negligence.