Charter buses are a pleasant and safe way to travel, for the most part. However, accidents do occur, and when passengers are injured, liability can become an issue. Depending on the specifics of the accident that involved the bus, liability may extend to the company operating the bus. Laws may vary from state to state, but in general, they all address how an individual or an entire group of passengers may hold the company liable for damages or injuries. When it comes to holding the driver of the bus responsible, it may be required to show proof that indicates intoxication, medical conditions, or driver error was a contributing factor in the crash.
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CBS Local Pittsburgh reports that two brothers are suing a charter bus company over injuries sustained in a fatal Pennsylvania Turnpike crash.
Brothers Anthony and Quwanjay Ellis have filed a lawsuit against Z&D Tour Inc. for the injuries the brothers suffered in a fatal accident involving a tour bus.
The accident occurred a month ago as snow was lightly falling. The driver of the bus lost control of the vehicle. The bus driver and two occupants in a truck were killed. Nearly all 59 passengers on the bus were injured.
Quwanjay Ellis, who was seated behind the driver, said that he noticed the driver was speeding about a half an hour before the crash. He then heard passengers scream and saw the bus driver jerk the steering wheel, causing the bus to make a sharp turn to the right.
According to the lawsuit, Anthony Ellis was thrown through the front window. He suffered from a broken neck as well as other broken bones and required surgery. He is still unable to walk.
Quwanjay Ellis suffered injuries to his elbow, hands, feet, and chest. He had to crawl through the broken window of the bus.
The bus had begun the trip in the New York area and was bound for Cincinnati on January 5th when the crash occurred.