Municipal Liability and Bus Accidents
by: Michael Rose
A few weeks ago, immediately prior to jury selection, we settled a case against a municipal bus company for $1,450,000. The client had been injured when a bus made a left hand turn in front of our client’s vehicle, striking it and forcing it into a light pole. Immediately following the accident, an investigation was done which was inconsistent with the driver’s account of the accident. Our client suffered a back injury and his ability to work was compromised. This result was accomplished through thorough investigation, hiring the best experts available, and great trial preparation. The result made our client financially secure. We have obtained similar results in the past, having secured a just verdict against a municipal bus that struck our client. In that case, the defendant municipality did not offer an appropriate amount for settlement. We tried the case and the jury returned a verdict in an amount of over $2,300,000.
The lesson here is that all cases must be prepared for trial if an appropriate settlement offer is not made. Cases against bus companies are vigorously defended and attorneys must assume there will be a trial. At Hach & Rose, LLP it is our mission to put every single client in a position to obtain the best results possible, whether by trial or settlement. In circumstances where the claim is against a municipal bus company, it is important to have the resources necessary to try the case if the offer is not in the best interest of our client.