A Missouri man who was aboard the Megabus that crashed in Illinois earlier this month is suing Megabus and the bus driver for failing to properly inspect maintain the vehicle, among other allegations.
Michael Murphy of Jackson County, Mo., filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of himself and his minor daughter.
The suit names Megabus USA, LLC., Coach Leasing Inc. and the driver, Preston Taylor, as defendants.
According to the lawsuit, at about 1:22 p.m. Aug. 2, Taylor lost control of the Megabus heading south on Interstate 55, veered off the road into the median and slammed head-on into a concrete bridge support pillar near the Downstate city of Litchfield.
Both Murphy and his daughter were aboard the bus, the suit says.
The double-decker bus crash killed a 25-year-old University of Missouri graduate student. The bus was headed from Chicago to Kansas City, with stops planned in St. Louis and Columbia, Mo.
According to the lawsuit, Megabus was negligent in failing to inspect and maintain the bus, equip the bus with road-ready tires and properly train employees in emergency situations, among other allegations.
Both Murphys sustained “personal, permanent and pecuniary” injuries and were “witnesses to traumatic and fatal injuries and were caused to experience severe emotional distress,” the lawsuit says.
Kansas City-based attorney Tim Dollar, who is representing the Murphys, said the suit’s allegations “center around the belief that these buses are overweight for their tires.”
“Based on the way this company picks up passengers, they do not have the ability to properly measure weight,” Dollar said. “This creates a dangerous situation, and in several cases, has caused serious injuries or death.”
Chicago-based law firm Clifford Law Offices, also listed as representing the Murphys, could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.
Calls to Megabus’ corporate office were not immediately returned Wednesday night.
Several other lawsuits already have been filed in the crash.