Philadelphia personal injury lawyers Jim Ronca and Michael Schafle filed a complaint against the manufacturers of TomTom and Garmin GPS systems, alleging the device was a critical part of the 2013 Boston bus accident that left a Bucks County teenager paralyzed.
The lawsuit alleges that the GPS system does not take the height of the vehicle into account when calculating a route, nor does it provide warnings concerning height restrictions. The device routed the Calvary Coach Bus driven by Samuel J. Jackson onto a road with a height restriction that the bus largely exceeded, and Jackson collided with a bridge overpass.
Jackson was driving a group of students from the Philadelphia non-profit, Destined for a Dream Foundation back from a trip to Harvard University. It is possible that he was distracted by his GPS when he crashed into the Western Avenue Bridge on Soldiers Field Road in Boston, Massachusetts.
Anapol Weiss filed the claim in Boston through a local associate firm on behalf of 11 injured passengers, including Matthew Cruz, who was left paralyzed as a result of the collision. Named defendants include Samuel J. Jackson, Calvary Coach Bus Company and its owner, Raymond Talmadge, as well as Prevost Car Inc., Volvo Group North America,The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, TomTom NV, TomTom USA, Garmin International, Inc., Garmin North America, Inc., and Garmin USA, Inc.
“I view this as a series of events that led to my client being paralyzed. And if any one of those had been different, he’d be walking around today,” said Ronca.
Hundreds of accidents involving faulty GPS directions have been documented by the media since 2011, but the manufacturers failed to take action. If they had, the tragic bus crash in Boston – and possibly many other incidents – could have been avoided.