Family Awarded $5M in SMART Bus Accident Lawsuit

In November of 2014, Sally LaMay was killed in a bus accident when she was crossing the street on foot. A SMART bus hit the 37-year-old as she crossed the street in a marked crosswalk. The bus had a flashing yellow light at the time of the accident. The driver of the bus was fired by Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) after the incident.

Last week, an Oakland County jury ordered the company to pay $5 million to LaMay’s family for the pain they endured due to the untimely loss of their wife and mother. In court, the company argued that they should not have to pay anything to the family of the deceased because LaMay was killed instantly and did not suffer – a sentiment many in the courtroom found absurd. The jury ultimately issued the verdict to compensate for “conscious pain and suffering.”

LaMay left behind a husband and two daughters, now ages 15 and 11.

Greyhound Bus Overturns, 37 hurt

A Greyhound bus on its way to Detroit turned over on northbound I-75 in Lebanon, Ohio at around 4:00 a.m., September 14. 37 of the 51 passengers were injured, but no fatalities were reported.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the bus went off the road close to the 26 mile marker, causing it to hit a tree and metal fence before overturning in a cornfield.

According to Greyhound spokeswoman Kim Plaskett, 15 of the injured passengers were already released by noon the of the accident after receiving proper treatment at area hospitals, while six were taken by Life Flight emergency helicopter to nearby hospitals. A relief bus took the uninjured passengers back to Cincinnati.

Butler County, Ohio Sheriff officials are conducting an investigation to find out the cause of the accident, which is still undetermined.

If you or a loved one was injured in a bus accident in Detroit, an attorney from Detroit Personal Injury Attorneys, might be able to help you. Call us at (248) 948-9696 to discuss your legal options for pursuing a lawsuit against the negligent party responsible for the accident.