On September 25, 2012, Larry R. Rogers of the Chicago personal injury law firm of Power Rogers & Smith, P.C. filed another lawsuit stemming from the Megabus crash that occurred just outside of St. Louis, Missouri on August 2, 2012. The Complaint at Law was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County on behalf of a mother and father, who sustained serious injuries in the crash, and on behalf of their daughter, a doctor, who was killed in the crash.
On August 2, a Megabus traveling toward St. Louis veered off the road, careening into a concrete pillar and injuring over half of the passengers on board. The complaint includes claims for wrongful death and survival on behalf of the estate of the daughter. Additionally, the complaint contains claims for negligence and infliction of emotional distress on behalf of the parents that survived after witnessing the death of their daughter. The Plaintiffs assert that Megabus is responsible for the crash for failing to properly maintain and inspect the bus and its tires. Additionally, the Plaintiffs believe that the bus driver, Preston Taylor, was negligent in his operation of the bus in failing to keep a proper look out and failing to operate the bus at a reasonable speed with regard to the conditions on the highway.
The Plaintiffs are represented by Joseph A. Power, Jr., Larry R. Rogers and Devon C. Bruce of Power Rogers & Smith, P.C. Rogers commented, "As passengers on a common carrier, under Illinois law, Megabus owed the Avhads the highest duty of care. Had Megabus upheld this duty, Dr. Avhad would still be with us today."
Previously, an Order preserving all material including video, data from the black box and all reports and witness statements was entered by Judge Flanagan on August 14, 2012. The Order also preserves evidence from an August 8, 2012 crash near Atlanta where another Megabus suffered a tire blow-out before catching on fire.