A bus passenger who claims she sustained a host of bodily injuries during a trip home to
Philadelphia from New York after the commercial vehicle in which she was riding veered off the roadway and struck an embankment has filed a civil complaint against the company the operates the bus and various companies involved in servicing the vehicle.
Philadelphia attorney Raymond M. Bily, of the law firm Reiff and Bily, filed the personal injury complaint Aug. 14 at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on behalf of Marie Garraud.
The lawsuit claims that Wilkes Barre, Pa.-based Super Luxury Tours Inc. was negligent when it failed to properly ensure the bus the plaintiff was riding in back on March 14, 2011, was properly serviced.
On that day, Garraud was on her way back home to Philadelphia from New York City when, at about 9 p.m., while traveling near Exit 9 of the New Jersey Turnpike in New Brunswick, N.J., the bus suddenly left the roadway, traveled onto the grassy center median, hit an angled concrete bridge support head-on, continued back toward the southbound outer roadway and struck a metal guard rail, according to the complaint.
The bus then reentered the southbound outer roadway, crossed all three lanes, partially ran off the roadway to the right and struck an embankment, where the vehicle came to rest.
As a result of the accident, Garraud suffered a variety of physical injuries, the suit claims, including, but not limited to, injuries to her bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and tissues of her head, neck, back, arms and legs.
Garraud also sustained multiple facial abrasions, lower back and abdominal injuries, nausea, faintness, imbalance, nightmares, flashbacks, sleep disturbances, and a shock to her nervous system, the suit states.
The plaintiff has had to spend a great deal of money on medical attention, the suit states, and she has been prevented from carrying out her regular duties and activities.
The lawsuit accuses Super Luxury Tours of negligence for failing to make sure the bus in question was in proper working condition.
Specifically, the suit claims that after undergoing tire repair, the bus’s wheels were never properly aligned, something that ultimately led to the highway accident.
The additional defendants named in the complaint are Mei Yang Gao Ind. and T/A Super Luxury Tours Inc.; New Century Travel Inc.; ABC Bus Inc.; Antai Tours Inc.; Coach Bus Repair Inc.; Ardmore Tire Inc.; Apex Bus; and Flanagan’s Auto and Truck Repair Inc.
The complaint contains negligence counts against the various named defendants.
Garraud seeks damages in excess of $50,000. She also demands a jury trial.
The case ID number is 120801271.