Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman won a $2,469,339 verdict in a tragic bicycle accident wrongful death case. They represented the family of a bicyclist who was killed when she was run over by a right-turning driver at a busy intersection in Minnesota.
Bus Driver Distraction
Our experience is that most cases where a bus driver runs over a bicyclist or pedestrian involve distraction. For example, in one of our cases, the driver looked back to respond to a bus passenger just as he was making a left turn.
Accidents have also been caused by driver who was talking on a cell phone, texting, changing radio stations, and day dreaming.
The other major cause of these kinds of crashes is bus driver fatigue. In one of our cases, the driver was driving a tour bus filled with High School band students when he fell asleep. The bus rolled, killing one student and injuring several others.
Even though the driver was clearly at fault in our case, the tour bus company did not want to take responsibility and adequately compensate the victims and the family of the student who died. This is typical of bus companies and their insurance companies, and one of the reasons it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible after a wrongful death crash.
Bus companies are going to say that their driver was not at fault in most cases. Our lawyers hire top experts to analyze the wreckage and reconstruct the accident as accurately as possible to prove that the bus driver was at fault. We usually hire an animationist to make an animation of the accident reconstruction. We carry this expense until the case is resolved, and we are not paid by you unless we win your case.