A Colorado woman, who was injured in an early morning, roll-over crash involving a Greyhound bus in rural Texas in December 2007, was awarded $7.2 million last month by a Dallas jury. The Plaintiff, Ashley Reedy, alleged the Greyhound driver was using a cell phone while driving in icy conditions on an interstate highway in Wheeler County, Texas. The bus driver braked improperly as he approached a wreck that had occurred on the highway. He lost control of the bus, which rolled over. Ms. Reedy suffered injuries to her head, neck and back.
It was proved during the trial that Greyhound had hired an unqualified driver who was improperly trained. The bus driver received three speeding convictions shortly before Greyhound hired him. He had used his cell phone 17 times in the three hours before the accident. Jurors awarded 24-year-old Ms. Reedy $2.2 million in damages and $4.8 million in punitive damages, after finding that Greyhound and its driver were grossly negligent causing the crash. Ryan Zehl and Kevin Haynes, lawyers with Houston-based Fitts Zehl LLP, represented Ms. Reedy in this case and they did a very good job.
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