Gatti Law Firm Attorney Michael Smith Takes on Cherriots

Bus Company, Driver Asked to Pay for Damages Resulting from Accident

In 2017, a Cherriots bus driver rear-ended a pickup truck on 99E. That pickup was stopped behind another vehicle that was waiting to make a left turn when the bus, speeding down the highway behind him, failed to stop in time. The heavy impact threw the driver forward, resulting in catastrophic injury.

The pickup truck driver in this accident came to The Gatti Law Firm to help him through the aftermath. Because of the accident, he suffered:

  • Permanent muscle tears
  • Permanent spine damage
  • Chronic pain in his spine
  • Increased risk for osteoarthritis
  • Increased risk for degenerative disc disease

As part of his recovery, our client had to undergo 2 invasive spinal surgeries—yet, none of them could fully fix the damage the bus driver caused. He had to leave his job as a union roofer and roofing supervisor because of the enduring injuries from the accident.

Holding the Driver and Cherriots Accountable

Because the accident wasn’t between two private citizens, this particular case has more complex questions of liability than others. The bus company that hired the driver must take some responsibility for the wreck, but the driver must also answer for his actions. The bus driver caused the crash by:

  • Following too closely behind our client’s vehicle
  • Traveling too fast for the conditions
  • Failing to control the bus
  • Failing to be watchful while driving

We are therefore asking Cherriots and the driver to pay $1.69 million as recompense for our client’s:

  • Mental and emotional pain
  • Loss of lifestyle enjoyment
  • Past medical expenses
  • Past wage loss
  • Future wage loss

Looking for an Experienced Car Accident Attorney?

Attorney Michael G. Smith and our team at The Gatti Law Firm have helped many clients recover compensation after a serious injury. Whether you’re dealing with high medical bills, lasting disability, or changes that decrease your quality of life, you may be able to hold the at-fault party in an accident accountable for their negligence.

Contact our team onlineor call (503) 543-1114 to schedule a consultation at no charge.

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