Jehovah's Witness Crash Means Lawsuits Comments Steinger, Iscoe & Greene

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A bus carrying a church group struck an overpass, killing two people. Lawyer Michael Steinger says the victims and families have grounds to sue.

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Unfortunately, the cost of an accident doesn't stop with the pain and loss.

Crisis struck a private bus chartered by a Jehovah's Witness church group Saturday. The bus driver tried to drive under a low overpass at the Miami International Airport, crashing and leading to the deaths of two passengers reported Fox News. Three others were critically injured.

According to Miami-Dade police the driver was not familiar with the area and may have been lost. But the overpass is posted with two separate signs warning large vehicles not to enter.

Miami accident attorney Michael Steinger says that the accident will lead to lawsuits.

“Unfortunately, the cost of an accident doesn't stop with the pain and loss,” said Steinger, whose firm Steinger, Iscoe and Greene helps accident victims secure compensation. “There will be hospital bills, and many of the passengers will miss days or weeks of work. It adds up.”

Steinger says that in an accident like this one, the driver or the charter bus company could be liable for those costs.

“Any time an accident happens, victims should know they're entitled to help,” Steinger said. “You don't have to struggle with these costs on your own.”

Charter bus passengers typically don't have seat belts, and most of the injuries were frontal, including face injuries, as passengers hit the seats in front of them. An airport spokesperson said that the bus was traveling at about 20 mph when the accident happened.

Passengers Serafin Castillo, 86, and Francisco Urana, 56, died from their injuries. 14 other passengers were taken to the emergency room for treatment.

Steinger says people don't like to talk about the liability side of an accident, but need to.

“Liability is treated like a dirty word,” Steinger says, “But it's about responsibility. The passengers didn't do anything wrong, and long after the headlines are over they'll still have bills to pay.”

About Michael Steinger:

Michael S. Steinger is a dedicated accident lawyer and victim advocate. Co-founder of Steinger, Iscoe and Greene, his firm maintains a strict promise only to work on behalf of victims and never big businesses. He can be contacted at:

Steinger, Iscoe & Greene
2333 Ponce De Leon Boulevard
Suite 1102
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
(305) 569-6000

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