Corboy & Demetrio has filed a lawsuit against Megabus USA on behalf of
Jason Whitaker, a passenger in the downstate Illinois crash that injured
47 people and killed a University of Missouri student on Aug. 2.
Whitaker, 20, suffered a concussion and injuries to his neck, back and
wrist. Whitaker is studying mechanical engineering at the University of
Missouri. The lawsuit, filed against Megabus and driver Preston Taylor,
alleges negligence in the crash that involved a tire blowing and the bus
crashing into a pillar along I-55 near Litchfield, Illinois.
This is the third lawsuit filed against Megabus handled by Corboy &
Demetrio partner Daniel M. Kotin, which includes one that settled
recently for $5.1 million for the victim’s family.
“Every passenger on that bus presumed that the bus was properly
inspected and was being operated at a safe weight,” said Kotin. “The
responsibility for the failure that caused these injuries and death lies
not just with the bus driver but far up the operational chain at
The Whitaker lawsuit comes just one week after Kotin filed a lawsuit
against Megabus USA on behalf of the family of 76-year-old Donna
Halstead, a Chicago woman who was struck and killed by a Megabus on in
the city’s West Loop days earlier.
lawsuit was filed just two days after Kotin obtained a $5.1
million settlement against Megabus on behalf of the family of
another pedestrian, Wes Krueger, who was killed by a Megabus vehicle in
2010 that was just a few blocks from where Ms. Halstead was killed.
Jason Whitaker v. Megabus USA, LLC, and Preston Taylor; Case No.
12L009326 in Cook County Circuit Court.
Mary A. Beaver, Personal Representative of the Estate of Donna Halstead,
Deceased, v. Megabus USA, LLC, and Shemeka Hudson; Case No. 12L8997(F)
in Cook County Circuit Court.
Linda S. Krueger, Administrator of the Estate of Wesley C. Krueger,
deceased, v. Megabus USA, LLC and Shervyle J. Pruitt, Case No. 10L3399C,
Cook County Circuit Court.
About Corboy & Demetrio
Corboy & Demetrio is one of the nation’s premier law firms. The personal
injury law firm represents individuals and their families in serious
personal injury and wrongful death cases and is renowned for its
achievements in the courtroom and for its contributions to the
community. The rights and concerns of its clients are at the core of
Corboy & Demetrio’s practice. That commitment, dedication, compassion
and relentless drive has resulted in exceptional service and exceptional
results for its clients. The Chicago law firm has acquired more than $3
billion in settlements and verdicts and has attained almost 600
settlements and verdicts in excess of $1 million. To contact Dan
Kotin or another Chicago personal injury lawyer at our firm, call
312-346-3191 or toll free at 800-356-3191. We are available 24 hours a
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