Pennsylvania Bus Accidents Lawyers Discuss Greyhound Lawsuit at Teleseminar
On September 22, 2016, Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers Jon Ostoff and Louis Ricciardi were among the speakers of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice’s (PAJ) Trial of the Month teleseminar. The topic of the CLE credited course was the settlement of Ostroff’s recent bus accident lawsuit Hoang v. Greyhound.
A Philadelphia jury awarded $3.05 million in compensatory damages and $2 million in punitive damages on behalf four passengers injured in a 2013 Greyhound bus accident. The accident occurred when the fatigued driver fell asleep at the wheel and collided with a tractor trailer on Interstate I-80. Son Thih Than Hoang was ejected from the bus and killed in the crash. Hoang’s estate filed a bus accident lawsuit against Greyhound along with more a dozen other injured passengers.
The bus was enroute from New York City to Cleveland Ohio. Passengers recalled that the driver appeared tired when she boarded the vehicle for the overnight trip and Greyhound does not require that drivers be assessed for fatigue at the NYC terminal, according to Ostroff.
A CNN investigation found that Greyhound Rule G-40 requires drivers to stop about every 150 miles, get out and walk around the bus, check the tires and stretch, to mitigate fatigue, but discovered that this rule is simply a guideline and is not enforced.
“I think Greyhound was more at fault for this crash than the driver who fell asleep behind the wheel because they allowed a dangerous driver to drive,” Ostroff told CNN.
Ostroff still has three more trials, each with four plaintiffs.
The PAJ seminar included bus accident litigation topics relative to the case ruling as well as the three upcoming trials. Topics included:
- Overcoming adverse police investigation
- Building a claim for corporate punitive damages
- How corporate claim files were obtained in discovery
- Obtaining apex depositions/trial attendance
- Establishing liability against commercial carriers, e.g., inadequate fatigue and driver management, sudden medical emergency defense
The Hoang case was significant because Ostroff’s team succeeded in obtaining the first ever release of claims handling documents and memorandums from the company handling the injury claims in collaboration with Greyhound. In attempt to prevent the release, Greyhound without the documents for more than a year, until the Superior Court upheld the plaintiffs’ right to obtain these documents. Greyhound’s appeal to the Pa Supreme Court was denied.
For more information about upcoming seminars, visit the Pennsylvania Association for Justice.
To learn more about bus accident lawsuits, contact Ostroff Injury Law.