Bus crash cases present unique scenarios in terms of where the injured passengers may file their lawsuits. This is because most of the time, many of the passengers don't live in the county or state where the bus accident occurs. Most of the time, the passengers live in various states and cities (and countries for that matter), and see doctors in several different states.
This situation is playing out in the aftermath of the Greyhound bus crash that occurred on I 80 in central Pennsylvania on October 9, 2013. People on that bus were from several different states and countries.
There are essentially only two states in which these injured passenger cases may be filed, legitimately:
- Pennsylavania, where the crash occurred, and
- Texas, where Greyhound is based
Why Should I File My Greyhound Lawsuit in Texas?
For any cases filed in Pennsylvania, it's likely Greyhound will be able remove those cases and put them in federal court. This is because Greyhound is a corporate citizen of the State of Texas, and generally if a defendant company is not a citizen of the state where it is sued, it may move the case to federal court. What's the problem with this? For injury victims, it's almost always better for their cases to be in a state court, and not in a ferderal court. The reasons for this are beyond the scope of this article, so you will just have to trust me on this.
Lawsuits Filed in Pennsylvania Face Poor Circumstances
Because any I-80 lawsuits against Greyhound filed in Pennsylvania will likely end up in federal court, this is not a good option for the injured passengers.
Even if any Pennsylvania lawsuits do stay in the state court (unlikely), there is still the problem of which venue in Pennsylvania would take the case. The venue where the crash occured is a very poor venue for injury victims - perhaps even worse than a federal court. So, one would not want their injury case filed in Pennsylvania.
Texas Lawsuits Will Stay In State Court
Which brings us to Texas. We filed our lawsuit against Greyhound for the I-80 accident here in Texas, where our law firm is based. Because Greyhound is a corporate citizen of Texas, the company cannot move the case to federal court. So, here in Texas, we will get to keep our state court selection - this is a very good thing for our clients.
Moreover, the Judge presiding over our case - Hon. Carl Ginsburg - is an excellent jusdge and we are very happy to be in his court. In addition, Dallas County - the location of our lawsuit - is a very good place to be these days for injury victims.
We feel that our clients are going to be much better served by having their I 80 Greyhound lawsuits play out in Texas, as opposed to Pennsylvania.
If you have any questions on this topic, please call us at 877-724-7800.