Largest Greyhound Settlement in History: Bus Driver was Asleep at the Wheel
The first settlement was against Greyhound Bus Company as a result of a catastrophic rollover bus crash.
The bus, on its way from Cincinnati to Detroit via Interstate 75, left the roadway and rolled several times before coming to rest in a cornfield.
The driver had fallen asleep at the wheel, then lost control of the bus with 51 passengers onboard.
We had also learned, through documents that we forced Greyhound to turnover in discovery, that just one month prior to the crash, a DOT medical examiner had recommended an overnight sleep study but Greyhound chose to allow the driver to keep driving anyway, despite the fact that federal laws strongly recommended that Greyhound take the driver off the road pending the results of his Obstructive Sleep Apnea testing
Greyhound maintained, right up until it agreed to our record-settlement, that its driver had not fallen asleep, but had instead choked on coffee, which, according to Greyhound’s lawyers, somehow caused him to pass out.
Our Bus Accident Lawyers were able to disprove Greyhound’s “creative” coffee chocking story and establish, through the court-ordered Sleep Study, that the driver had been driving with Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a medical condition that disqualified him from driving under federal law.
The case settled several weeks after we obtained the sleep study and is the #1 largest settlement in Greyhound’s corporate history.
Largest Oakley Trucking Settlement in Company’s History: Truck Driver Rear-Ended Our Client at while Talking on Cell Phone
The second settlement was a $4.4 Million recovery against Oakley Trucking when one of its 18 wheeler drivers caused a rear-end crash with our client at over 60 mph.
The impact was so severe that our client’s pickup flipped off the highway, causing him to suffer a severe concussion, as well as herniated discs in his neck and back, which ultimately required surgery.
During mediation, the insurance company, AIG, said they would never pay more than $1 Million to settle the case, claiming that our client wasn’t as injured as his doctors said he was.
Several weeks later, and only 2 days before trial, the Defendants more than tripled their settlement offer, allowing our client to receive the best medical care available and provide for himself and his family for the rest of their lives.
The settlement is also the #1 largest truck accident settlement ever paid in Oakley Trucking’s corporate history.
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