A man who was seriously injured when a Tallahassee city bus collided with his motorcycle has filed a personal injury suit against the city, alleging it acted negligently by allowing the bus driver to keep her job even with an employment record marred by a long history of preventable crashes.
Plaintiff Vayden Cannon was riding his motorcycle in the northbound lane of Capital Circle Northwest on Dec. 16, 2015, when he collided with a StarMetro bus that had made an allegedly unsafe left turn.
Mr. Cannon was thrown 30 feet from his motorcycle and suffered from numerous broken bones, internal injuries, and had lost his heartbeat when paramedics reached him. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Mr. Cannon can no longer run or jump as a result of his injuries.
The complaint claims that the bus driver, who earlier this year was found guilty of failing to yield to oncoming traffic and causing serious bodily injury, is “100 percent” at fault for the crash.
The driver drove buses for Tallahassee city buses from 1996 to April 2016. According to the complaint, she continued to drive even after she was involved in seven crashes between 1998 and 2012 that the city classified as preventable.
The complaint claims the bus driver to be “unsafe” and “a risk to the driving public.”
“It should have been reasonably foreseeable to her StarMetro managers and supervisors that (the) bus operator … would probably cause an eighth preventable collision based on their prior knowledge of her previous dangerousness, seven prior preventable collisions, lack of any ‘continuous training’ safety remediation … and lack of strict progressive discipline,” the lawsuit says.
The Tallahassee Democrat reported that StarMetro reviewed the driver’s safety record in October 2004 and found she had been involved in three preventable crashes in a 17-month period. Normally, city policy requires that drivers involved in three or more preventable crashes be terminated, but the driver involved in the crash that injured Mr. Cannon was placed on “conditional status” and allowed to keep driving.
Source: Tallahassee Democrat