The 2010 Megabus accident that caused a New Jersey woman to suffer severe cognitive brain injury is the basis of a negligence suit in its final stages in a Philadelphia court. The accident took place on the bus’ Philadelphia to Toronto route when the bus hit a bridge despite multiple signs warning of the height danger. Philadelphia car accident attorneys are seeking an award in the millions range.
As is common is civil litigation, many of the lawsuits that were filed following the accident were settled out of court. Four people died in the accident in addition to all of the injuries. So far this is the only lawsuit to go to trial, and the woman’s attorney is fighting for damages to compensate the woman for her right to recover for her emotional, psychological and medical injuries.
Though the bus driver was acquitted of the criminal charges leveled against him, he may still be implicated for civil negligence. The lawsuit also seeks damages from Megabus and its parent company, Coach USA.
Philadelphia car accident lawyers explain that in an accident like this one, a driver may be held liable for negligent driving, such as failure to notice and obey road signs, but the driver’s employer can be held liable under the theory of vicarious liability as well. Vicarious liability assigns responsibility to an employer if an employee behaves negligently on the job, depending on the contractual relationship between the employer and employee.
Someone who has been injured in an accident may be able to recover for their medical bills, lost wages and even emotional and psychological injuries. A terrible accident can affect every aspect of a person’s life, and financial recovery can make all the difference moving forward.
Source: CBS Philadelphia, “Closing Arguments Continue In Megabus Crash Negligence Suit,” Steve Tawa, Apr. 8, 2013