Earlier this month, a passenger bus operated by the curbside carrier Megabus crashed in Litchfield, Illinois, killing one and injuring dozes. This week, the first lawsuit was filed as a result of the crash. It is expected that several others will soon follow.
The crash occurred on Interstate 55 during the afternoon of August 2. According to police reports, the bus apparently blew a tire and crashed into an overpass pillar. The bus had left Chicago that morning on its way to stops in Kansas City, St. Louis and Columbia, Missouri.
The lawsuit claims that the accident was caused by the negligence of Megabus and its driver. Specifically, it claims that the accident occurred because the driver was driving too fast and because Megabus failed to maintain the vehicle in reasonably safe condition.
The litigant is seeking damages for the injuries she sustained in the crash. In addition, she is seeking damages for the severe emotional distress she experienced after witnessing another passenger being killed in the crash.
Curbside Carrier Safety
The accident comes in the wake of significant federal inquiry into the curbside bus industry. Several high-profile bus accidents have led regulators to question whether these carriers are offering low fares at the expense of passenger safety.
For its part, Megabus claims to have the highest safety rating of any curbside carrier. Still, curbside carriers overall have a fatal accident rate that is approximately seven times higher than the station-based Greyhound.
Before booking a ticket with a low-cost bus carrier, it is always a good idea to check the company’s safety record.
Source: KSDK, “Megabus crash in Illinois: Lawsuit filed,” Katie Maassen, August 14, 2012.
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