Just how big a company is Greyhound?
Greyhound Lines, Inc. is the largest bus company in North America. Greyhound is based in Texas. Greyhound serves over 3,700 destinations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
According to the government website SAFER snapshot of Greyhound, the company operates 1,516 buses, employs 2,709 bus drivers, and its drivers drove 161,213,375 miles in 2007 alone!
Greyhound buses have been involved in a lot of accidents. Wikipedia maintains a report of "notable incidents and accidents" involving Greyhounds buses.
How does Greyhound treat injured passengers after a bus accident?
We have handled several Greyhound bus accident cases.
The first thing Greyhound does after one of its buses crash is make all of the passengers fill out a card called a "C-4." The card calls for information as to how and why the bus crashed, and whether passengers were injured. In a lawsuit about the accident, if the cards contain information helpful to Greyhound, then its lawyers will disclose the documents. However, if the C-4 statements are not helpful to Greyhound -- for example, they all say it was the bus driver's fault and a lot of passengers were injured -- then Greyhound's lawyers will try to hide the statements.
For those passengers indicating an injury on the C-4 form, Greyhound insurance specialists will sit down with them and take a lengthy "recorded statement." This is usually a lengthy question / answer session. The Greyhound claims person is trained to make the passenger say things that will hurt their case later on, so Greyhound can use the statement against the passenger in litigation. We always advise those injured in vehicle accidents NOT TO GIVE A RECORDED STATEMENT for a variety of reasons.
Soon after the wreck, Greyhound will approach any passengers claiming an injury and offer them a very low amount of money to settle their case. If any passenger accepts this money, they will be forever barred from trying to collect any more money from Greyhound. It is always a good idea to at least talk to an injury lawyer or two before deciding whether to accept a settlement offer from Greyhound.
Once the lawsuit is under way, Greyhound and its lawyers resort to many of the typical tactics use by insurance companies involved in litigation. For example:
Greyhound will delay the case in every way it can.
Greyhound's lawyers will hire paid experts to say the crash was not the bus driver's fault -- no matter what the evidence is -- even if the independent investigating officer cites the Greyhound bus driver.
Greyhound will hire paid experts to say none of the passengers were injured -- no matter what the evidence is -- even if independent doctors report otherwise. For example, Greyhound likes to hire a person named Charles E. Bain, M.D., who is hired out by a company called Biodynamic Research Corporation. To read about how judges like to throw out any opinions by Dr. Bain, please read this V&B News Item.
The bottom line is this: if you have suffered a serious injury in a Greyhound bus accident, you should consult with an experienced injury lawyer. If you have any questions about a Greyhound bus crash, please contact us and our experienced Texas Bus Accident Attorneys will help you.