Rosa Vasquez has filed a lawsuit against Greyhound Lines over injuries she claims she suffered when the driver of the bus she was riding swerved unexpectedly causing here to fall.
Vasquez and her daughter were riding the bus from Baytown to Beaumont when the incident occurred. According to the complaint the bus was traveling at an unsafe speed on a portion of I-10 that was under construction when the driver swerved to avoid and accident throwing Vasquez to the ground.
Vasquez claims that despite paying for seats on the bus she and her daughter were forced to stand because there were no seats available.
I have to admit that I have never ridden Greyhound and I do not know their policy on having passengers seated during transit, but I am certain that a person standing without a seat has a much greater chance of falling than someone who is sitting in a seat.
Vasquez claims to have suffered injuries to her neck, back, hip, and knee as a result of the sudden and unexpected fall.
Vasquez is seeking compensation for past and future medical expenses related to her injuries as well as mental anguish and lost wages.
Each year hundreds of Americans are injured by negligence aboard trains, buses, and other forms of mass transportation. In many cases these injuries are suffered as a result of poor maintenance or a failure to abide by adequate safety measures by those who own or operate mass transit vehicles.
Most forms of mass transit (buses, trains, taxis, etc.) are classified as common carriers. Common carriers are required to provide the utmost care for their passengers, and the failure to meet this standard of care can result in carriers to be held liable for injuries suffered by passengers as a result of these failures.
If the accusations made by Vasquez can be proven it will be very interesting to see how this one plays out.