The irony is that this tragedy probably would have been avoided if the cash-rich casino had helped secure a better qualified, higher paid driver and and a safer, more reputable bus company to transport its customers.
As Dallas attorney Frank Branson, who represented the Stanley family, observed, “casino operators cannot escape responsibility when they negotiate contracts based on the absolute lowest bid without considering the safety of their passengers.”
Hopefully this huge verdict being affirmed will serve as a wake-up call to the casino and transportation industries to increase its screening of drivers and enforcement of safety procedures.
As dangerous as taking a bus trip can be, you can search the safety and inspection record maintained by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration by downloading this app.
The Dallas case is Choctaw Nation v. Linda Sewell et al., 05-16-01011-CV.