$18.7 Million Greyhound Bus Accident Verdict Ranked #51 in Texas Verdict Hall of Fame
Zehl & Associates is proud to announce that the Verdict Hall of Fame has formally recognized our trial team’s recovery in Reedy v. Greyhound Lines as #51 of the top 100 largest verdicts ever recovered in Texas.
The Greyhound lawsuit involved a young woman, Ms. Ashley Reedy, who suffered serious neck and back injuries when the Greyhound bus she was riding on flipped over in icy conditions near Dallas, Texas.
Just a few days before the trial began, Greyhound tried, unsuccessfully, to settle the case by offering our client just $150,000 in compensation for all of her injuries.
While Greyhound argued that the accident was unavoidable due to dangerous road conditions and icy weather, Attorneys Ryan Zehl and Kevin Haynes showed the jury that the driver, Rashad Nichols, never should have been hired in the first place due to his poor driving record. They also demonstrated to the jury that Mr. Nichols made 17 calls on his personal cell phone just prior to losing control of the bus.
“Talking on the phone while it is snowing, at night, with a bus full of passengers is one of the most dangerous things you can do as a driver,” said Zehl, “everybody knows that…he should be focused on the road ahead of him and that a cell phone is a distraction.”
After 3 weeks of argument, the jury came back and awarded an $18.7 Million verdict against Greyhound bus company, including punitive damages for gross negligence.
In addition to earning the #51 spot on the Texas Verdict Hall of Fame, the verdict was also recently recognized as:
• the #1 largest verdict ever awarded against Greyhound in the company’s history
• the #1 largest accident verdict in Texas
• the #1 largest verdict ever awarded in Dallas County
Congratulations to Ryan Zehl, Kevin Haynes and the rest of the trial team at Zehl & Associates on a job well done!