James R. York Defends Public Bus Company From Claims of Negligence Made by Bus Passenger

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James R. York, a partner with Gray, York & Duffy, recently defended a municipal bus company against claims of negligence arising from a traffic accident. The Plaintiff alleged he suffered a majory injury, causing significant medical bills and loss of earnings. The jury ruled in favor of both the bus company and the hospital, finding that there was no negligence.

James R. York from Gray, York & Duffy’s Encino office obtained a defense verdict in a case involving a bus versus automobile accident.

Mr. York represented a public bus company against a claim by plaintiff who was a passenger on the bus which was involved in an accident with an automobile. Plaintiff alleged the bus was at fault for the accident due to excessive speed and inattentiveness on the part of the bus driver. Plaintiff also sued the hospital where he received emergency treatment for medical malpractice.

Plaintiff testified that the bus was driving in excess of the speed limit and was racing with the other vehicle. The other vehicle changed into the buses lane of traffic and the collision occurred. Plaintiff contended that but for the bus speeding and the bus driver talking to passengers, the impact would not have occurred.

The bus driver testified that he was driving within the speed limit and was not distracted. The other vehicle changed lanes abruptly into his lane and there was nothing he could do to avoid the impact. The impact caused the other vehicle to proceed forward and smash into a tree.

Plaintiff contended that he suffered a major injury to his right shoulder which caused him to be hospitalized for approximately one week. Plaintiff introduced expert testimony that the injury required surgery. Plaintiff also contended that his injury prevented him from working as a videographer/photographer which resulted in a significant loss of earnings claim.

Plaintiff contended that the hospital performed tests which resulted in an aggravation of his injuries.

The jury ruled in favor of both the bus company and the hospital finding that there was no negligence.

Greg Lyons v. L.A.C.M.T.A., Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC325644.

The firm has extensive experience in defending municipal agencies, including transportation departments, and Gray, York & Duffy congratulates Mr. York on this successful outcome. To learn more about Mr. York and his background, please visit:


About Gray, York & Duffy, LLP

Gray, York & Duffy, LLP is one of the preeminent law firms in the field of defending insurers and their policyholders. The firm provides statewide coverage with offices in Encino, California and Redwood City, California. GYD has achieved the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, and is listed in Best’s Directory of Insurance Defense Firms. To learn more about Gray, York & Duffy, please visit us online at http://www.gydlaw.com

Note to Editors: This article is necessarily general in nature and is not a substitute for legal advice with respect to any particular case. Readers should consult with an attorney before taking any action affecting their interests.


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