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Jury Awards $11M Verdict in Fatal Bus Crash

On May 2, 2016, after nearly four days of deliberations, a Dallas County jury awarded Plaintiffs nearly $11 million dollars in damages for a fatal charter bus crash. The two week trial was in the 193rd Judicial District Court before the Honorable Carl Ginsberg.

The accident occurred on April 11, 2013. Alice Wilkinson Stanley, Paula Hahn, and Molly Dillon were passengers on a charter bus traveling from Bedford to Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma. The trip was organized for 45 senior citizens by Sue Taylor. The bus driver, Loyd Rieve, was an employee of Cardinal Coach Lines Inc. Rieve lost control of the bus on the George Bush Turnpike in Irving. The bus crossed several lanes of traffic and struck the center concrete barrier before rolling over. Hahn and Stanley sustained fatal injuries. The plaintiffs sued Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, operating as Choctaw Casino Resort, Rieve, and Cardinal for his motor vehicle negligence.

The jury found Cardinal, Rieve, and Taylor were acting in furtherance of a mission for the benefit of the casino and subject to the casino's control as to the details of the mission. As such, the jury held the casino liable for the conduct of Cardinal, Rieve and Taylor, as well as its own negligence, and awarded the plaintiffs $10,942,912.47.

When someone is injured or dies in a collision, financial recovery may be available. Contact the experienced attorneys at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend today for a free consultation by calling 713-222-7211 or 1-800-870-9584.

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