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IN People ON 28 Oct, 2015
Lauren Guerra is bringing a suit against Starline Tours, following an injury that buoyed up two years ago, during a Halloween party tour. She was hit in the head by a tree branch, while she was on the upper decker of the bus. This blow had led to the rupture of the orbital bone around her eye.
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Her medical bills had cost her a whooping $300,000. Attorney Brian Kabateck asserted that the death of 16-year-old Mason Zisette last year on a privately rented Starline bus persuaded Guerra to take legal action.
Kabateck said that after the incident that his client faced, the Bus service should have taken a staunch action to prevent anymore similar incidents. But, when this young boy lost his life, she decided to come out to the masses.
Guerra claims that she, along with other passengers, didn't get any safety warnings about going on the upper deck, and that no Starline staff was on the bus to administer the party. "Towards the end of the trip, people were ducking from branches and trees, while the driver was going 45 miles per hour," Kabateck remembers the incident.
The bus was, during both the mishaps, privately hired, and had a lack of staff for ensuring the passenger's security.
Guerra sued Starline just days after Zisette died when his head was thumped by a skyway as he stood on the upper deck of the bus and it rolled down the 405 freeway.
Guerra thinks that better training and understanding of the routes, could abate such incidents. After all, what matters for a business, are its customers.