Grandmother, granddaughter receive $3.5M bus accident settlement

A grandmother and her granddaughter, who were hit by a bus while in a controlled intersection, have settled their negligence lawsuit for $3.5 million against the owner of the bus company.

LaVerne Fleming, 50, was walking with her granddaughter Maraisha Jones, 4, when a Sunrise Transportation, Inc. bus, turned left and hit them in the crosswalk.

Both the grandmother and the mother of Maraisha Jones, sued the bus driver Vernon Rudd, and Sunrise Transportation Inc., claiming that Rudd was negligent in providing a proper lookout as well as failing to yield to pedestrians.

Jones was seriously injured in the pedestrian accident, suffering a fractured pelvis and a vaginal tear. The fractured pelvis left her with posture and gait problems and surgeons foresee a possible hip implant. Her vaginal tear has left her susceptible to urinary track infections and she suffers from urinary urgency and incontinence. The settlement provides her with $2.33 million dollars which provides for his past and future medical costs and for future lost wages.

The grandmother, LaVerne Fleming, suffered injuries to her left shoulder which required surgery and may require rotator cuff surgery in the future. She also suffered a degloving injury to her foot. A degloving injury is a serious injury in which the skin is completely torn off and the blood supply is severed to the underlying tissue. The settlement provided $1.17 million for her damages.

When a pedestrian accident involves someone who is driving for a company, as in the case of Vernon Rudd, who was driving fro Sunrise Transportation, the injured parties can allege respondeat superior liability which is a legal doctrine that states that an employer is responsible for the conduct of their employees when the employee is acting in behalf of their employer. This allows the injured parties to collect from the insurance company of the employee.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in pedestrian and bus accidents and the family of those who have been killed.

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