Lawsuits filed following fatal bus crash in Irving, Texas

by Eric Pearson

At least two people were confirmed dead and more than 40 others injured in a charter bus crash on northbound State Highway 161 near the N. Belt Line Rd. exit in Irving, Texas. Initial reports show the bus was traveling northbound on SH 161 when it veered off the right side of the road. The bus drove over the concrete divots lining the shoulder. The bus then traveled back over the northbound lanes and careened into a grassy area, hitting the concrete barrier that divides the northbound and southbound portions of the highway.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (“DPS”) is investigating the incident, along with the National Transportation Safety Board. Teams of detectives are scattered all over North Texas, interviewing passengers and witnesses, reviewing videos and documents, and combing the bus for clues. The investigation may take months.

Two of the injured passengers have recently filed lawsuits. Charlotte Reed, a 74-year-old Fort Worth woman whose injuries from the wreck included three broken ribs, is suing Cardinal Coach Lines, Inc. of Mansfield on the grounds that the company and its bus driver, Loyd Rieve, were negligent. Rieve is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit.

Patricia Ruth Markham has also sued Cardinal Coach. Markham alleges the driver failed to inspect the bus prior to the trip and failed to control his speed before the accident.

HOP and Bus Crash Lawsuits

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Heygood, Orr & Pearson partner Eric D. Pearson represented the family of Nick Stout, a teenage boy who suffered a traumatic brain injury when the bus he was taking to church camp slammed into a concrete bridge abutment in East Texas, killing four and injuring dozens. Following a three week trial, the jury in the 14th Judicial District Court of Dallas County, Texas found in favor of the plaintiffs and awarded the Stout family more than $36 million.

If you have been seriously injured, or someone you know has been hurt or killed, in a bus crash, you may be entitled to compensation. To find out if you may have a case, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by filling out our free online case evaluation form.


Michael Heygood, James Craig Orr, Jr. and Eric Pearson were selected to the Super Lawyers List, a Thomson Reuters publication, for the years 2003 through 2013.