Deadly distracted driving accident results in lawsuit in Philadelphia

New Jersey woman files injury lawsuit in Philadelphia

A bus accident on September 11, 2010 resulted in traumatic head injuries, neck injuries, and back injuries for New Jersey resident Candice Burks. Ms. Burks was traveling on a double-decker bus from Philadelphia to Toronto when the bus hit an elevated railroad bridge and flipped onto its side. Four passengers were fatally injured and twenty-eight were injured. The fatal injuries should result in wrongful death cases.

A civil suit was filed by Ms. Burks’ attorney in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court on October 15.  The named defendants were Mr. Tomaszewski and two New Jersey companies that owned and operated the bus.  The suit claims that Ms. Burks suffered permanent cognitive and physical impairment due to the bus accident and that she seeks at least $50,000 in damages for her accident injuries.

The bus accident occurred at 2:30 a.m. in Salina, NY, just outside of Syracuse.  Authorities report that the bus, which measured 13 feet in height, hit the railroad bridge because it was too tall for the bridge’s 10-foot, 9-inch clearance.

No charges have yet been filed against the driver of the bus.  It is alleged that the driver was using his personal GPS device when the bus crash took place.  Authorities note that there were numerous warning signs approaching the bridge that posted the low clearance.  Did the driver miss the signs because he did not remain focused on driving? Is this another accident caused by distracted driving?

With this type of accident there are several parties who can potentially be held responsible for Ms. Burks’ personal injuries.  For this reason, it is crucial to have an experienced personal injury lawyer working for you who knows how to conduct swift inquiries and obtain the necessary records from all parties.  If you have been injured in a bus, car, or truck accident in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, contact the injury lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC.  Learn about the potential to recover damages for your injuries by scheduling a free consultation.  Get a copy of our free personal injury book titled How to Maximize Your Car Accident Case.