Last month, a Megabus heading south on Interstate 55 crashed, killing 25-year-old University of Missouri graduate student Aditi Avhad.
Now Avhad’s family has filed a wrongful death suit in Cook County Circuit Court, the Chicago Tribune reports. It’s the sixth lawsuit that’s been filed in connection with the crash.
The Avhads were visiting from their home in India, according to attorney Larry Rogers Sr. They came to see Aditi, who had recently entered a master’s program at the University of Missouri.
The family was travelling on a Megabus from Chicago to Kansas City when the bus crashed into a concrete pillar near Litchfield. Aditi was killed in the accident.
Aditi’s mother also suffered several fractures to the leg and hip area in the crash. She was released from the hospital earlier this month.
Generally, a wrongful death suit is filed by the family of a person who was killed due to the negligence of another person or entity. The Avhads are likely arguing that Megabus owed a duty to its passengers to transport them safely, and that by leaving the road and crashing into the pillar, the driver had breached that duty and caused Aditi’s death.
Strict liability may apply as well. As a company that carries around passengers on a daily basis, Megabus would likely be considered a “common carrier.” Common carriers are often held strictly liable for any injuries sustained by their passengers.
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the crash. “All of our staff at megabus.com are deeply saddened by the incident that took place in Litchfield, and our sincere thoughts and prayers go to those involved,” Megabus spokesman Amanda Byers said. Related