On August 2, 2012, a Megabus carrying 81 passengers from Chicago to St.
Louis slammed into a concrete bridge support pillar about 55 miles northeast
of St. Louis. Forty-seven people were injured in the crash and one passenger
died as a result of her injuries. The cause of the crash is being investigated,
but early reports suggest that a blown tire may have caused the
bus driver to lose control and veer off of the road.
Joseph A. Power, Jr. of the Chicago law firm Power, Rogers & Smith, L.L.P. filed a lawsuit
on August 14th on behalf of five of the Megabus passengers injured in
the crash. Among them, a 24-year-old Columbia College Student and Detroit
native, suffered two broken legs, fractures to his arm, hip and pelvis,
and a crushed ankle and heel. Additionally, Mr. Power filed a lawsuit
on behalf of a mother, her two young sons, and a female relative. One
son was more seriously hurt than his other family members, and is left
with a broken shoulder, wrist, ankle and leg, Power said.
In the complaint filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, the Plaintiffs
contend that Megabus was negligent in failing to properly maintain and
inspect the bus and its tires. Additionally, the Plaintiffs believe that
the bus driver, Preston Taylor, was negligent in his operation of the
bus both before and after the blow out.
In addition to the complaint, Power immediately filed a Motion to obtain
a Protective Order before Cook County Circuit Court Judge Kathy Flanagan,
which seeks to protect and preserve evidence from the crash. Power commented,
“Preservation of evidence in this case is critical. If the evidence
is lost – for example, the blown out tire – the Plaintiff
will have a much more difficult time proving his claim and understanding
how this tragedy occurred. That is why it is imperative that we moved
for a Protective Order immediately upon filing this lawsuit.”
“Three lawsuits now filed against Megabus over Downstate crash,” LeeAnn Shelton,
Chicago Sun-Times, August 14, 2012.