Eleven people who were seriously injured in a Boston charter bus crash two years ago are suing two GPS device manufacturers and subsidiaries, and are seeking more than $15 million in damages.
In February, 2013, a group of 42 high school students and chaperones from Pennsylvania were on a trip to the Boston area. The students were visiting Harvard University for the day, courtesy of the Destined for a Dream Foundation Inc. The group had just left the college and was beginning their trip back to the Philadelphia area when the crash occurred.
According to court documents, the 11 foot bus was traveling on Soldier’s Field Road, which has a height limit because of a 10 foot overpass bridge that is located on the road. The bus driver told police that he drove on the road because he was “following the GPS,” which failed to warn him of the height restriction. The lawsuit also says that at least one sign warning of this restriction was missing or damaged, and construction taking place on an overpass obstructed other warning signs.
The impact of the bus hitting the bridge caused the roof to collapse backward. This caused the luggage rack and television monitors to fall on top of passengers, striking their heads and necks. Thirty-nine people were injured in the crash, including some victims who have suffered from permanent injuries, including paralysis.
The victims are suing the GPS manufacturers because they say the manufacturers sell the products to consumers without warning against their use on commercial vehicles. The lawsuit says that for the very reason the accident happened – height restrictions – there are roads that GPS units are sending these vehicles down in which they are not legally allowed to travel on.
There are many causes of commercial bus crashes, whether the fault of the bus driver, vehicle malfunctioning or another driver. If you have been injured in a commercial bus crash or other mass transit accident, contact an experienced Virginia personal injury attorney to find out what compensation you may be entitled to for your pain and loss.