Driving in the RainBerkowitz and Hanna LLC, with practice areas that include personal injuryand product liability, knows firsthand how difficult it can be to recover, physically and financially, from an auto accident. Recently, four victims filed suit in Indiana, after suffering injuries from a highway crash while traveling on a Chicago-bound Megabus. The lawsuit claims malfunctioning wipers contributed to the Megabus crash.

According to Indiana state police, “driver inattention” caused a young man to veer his 2003 Saturn from the northbound lane into the median, hitting cable barriers and coming to a stop with the rear of his car in the right lane. A Megabus hit the back of the Saturn, sending the car into a ditch and causing the bus to slam into the median, hit the cable barriers and overturn.  Eighteen people from the bus were taken to the hospital, following the crash. Four passengers filed a lawsuit against Megabus, seeking more than $100,000 in damages each for injuries that included a separated shoulder, knocked-out teeth and facial cuts that required stitches.

The lawsuit alleges that Megabus failed in its duty to supervise the driver and properly maintain its equipment, and further states that “We suspect a malfunction in the windshield wipers prevented the bus driver from adequately seeing the road and contributed to the crash.”

Mechanical failures, such as faulty windshield wipers, are the cause of approximately 12-13% of all auto accidents, notes Berkowitz and Hanna LLC.

Note: Berkowitz and Hanna LLC did not represent any of the parties in this case.

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