A Marshall, Texas bus ride accident in 2010 has culminated in a lawsuit against both the transit company and driver. The injured, a paraplegic woman, is seeking damages for medical expenses, further physical impairment, attorney’s costs, pain, suffering, and other related costs.
The victim was taking her first bus ride in nearly twenty years following an accident which left her a paraplegic in 1991. When the driver stopped to pick her up, he used the lift to bring her wheelchair into the bus, then secured the wheelchair in place with a single strap.
According to the plaintiff, the injury accident occurred when the driver made a right turn. The wheelchair tottered, then fell over, sending her sprawling onto the floor. The woman hit her head and became unconscious.
Immediately following the accident the driver allegedly failed to contact emergency assistance, instead relying on another passenger, a construction worker, to return the victim to her wheelchair. The plaintiff claims in the suit that she repeatedly demanded that the driver call for help; he finally contacted his supervisor, who came to the scene and instructed the driver to call for an ambulance.
The lawsuit claims that the driver failed to adequately secure the plaintiff, and then drove at an unsafe speed. Moreover, the bus company is being sued for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The case stands as an example of how a personal injury lawsuit may play out. Particularly in more complex cases a plaintiff may have to wait an extended period of time before having her day in court. However, with a strong Dallas personal injury lawyer in one’s corner, it is often easier for a victim to recover damages.
If you have been injured in an accident due to the negligence or fault of another, call the Law Offices of personal injury lawyer Dean Malone for a consultation at (214) 670-9989.
- Guest Contributor