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Victims Injured in Tour Bus Accident Receive Substantial Settlement

November 03, 2017 by Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP

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.


Accident details

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.

Legal questions

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. 

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