On Friday, October 27th, after a week of trial in
Rome, New York, attorney William Moore secured an undisclosed monetary
settlement for four victims of a tour bus accident. The four individuals, who
are Canadian citizens, were among 30 passengers injured on a New York City
bound tour bus in 2011. The bus was pulling from the shoulder onto the I-90
near Waterloo, New York, when it was struck by a tractor-trailer, causing a
catastrophic accident. Read on to learn more about the accident and details
surrounding the case and trial.
In the early morning hours of July 22, 2011, a Canadian tour
bus had stopped on the shoulder of the I-90, near Waterloo, New York, to
address a mechanical issue. After some time passed, the bus driver began to
pull back onto the interstate, unaware of the oncoming tractor trailer. What
followed was a tremendous collision. Both the tractor-trailer and bus were
consumed by fire as passengers attempted to escape the wreckage.
As a result of the collision, many of the passengers suffered multiple
significant and permanent injuries.
A unique and complicated component of this case dealt with
multiple “choice of law” issues. The bus driver and bus owner were from Ontario,
Canada; the passengers resided in Ontario, Canada; the tractor trailer owner
and operator were from Michigan and the collision took place in New York. The
Court, as well as counsel, had to address whether the laws of New York, Ontario
or Michigan applied with respect to specific issues in the case, such as
liability and damages.
The October, 2017 trial dealt with the issue of fault as it
related to both the bus and the tractor-trailer. Based upon his analysis
through the course of trial, Mr. Moore secured a settlement for each of his
clients with the insurance companies for both the bus and
tractor-trailer companies. This proved to be a crucial decision for his clients. Some of
the remaining plaintiffs continued with trial and the jury ultimately dismissed
their claims against the tractor-trailer, finding that the bus was 100% at
fault for the collision.
Who to call
The effects of a motor vehicle accident or a tourist
accident can be devastating emotionally, physically and financially. If you or
a loved one have been injured in a motor vehicle or tourist accident,
contacting an experienced personal injury attorney is an important step on the
road to recovery. Mr. Moore and the personal injury attorneys at Lipsitz Green
Scime Cambria will be able to guide you through the legal process with
compassion and experience as they help you to obtain the best results possible
in your situation. Contact Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria today for your free
personal injury consultation.