Woman falls off bus seat, sues city of Galveston

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Sep. 11, 2013, 10:52am

GALVESTON - A local woman is suing over what she claims was a bumpy ride on one of the city of Galveston's Island Transit buses.

In a lawsuit filed Sept. 9 in Galveston County District Court, Alice Rodriguez blames the city, doing business as Island Transit, for the Sept. 10, 2011, incident in question. 

Rodriguez was seated behind the driver, whose name she does not know, when he was "operating the vehicle at a high rate of speed" and "attempted to avoid a collision with another vehicle."

"As a result of the speed and the sudden maneuver, the plaintiff, Alice Rodriguez, fell off her seat and injured her face, neck, head and right side of her body," the original petition says.

Through the city, the unidentified driver is faulted for:

  • Failing to pay proper attention;

  • Failing to control speed;

  • Failing to timely apply brakes;

  • Failing to provide notice and/or warning; and

  • Failing to take proper evasive maneuvers.

The city is accused of hiring the driver, who is not a defendant in the litigation, as well as negligently entrusting one of its vehicles to him.

Consequently, Rodriguez seeks unspecified monetary damages.

She is represented by attorney Alvin N. Saenz of the Law Office of Alvin N. Saenz & Associates in Houston.

Galveston County 212th District Court Judge Susan Criss is presiding over the case.

Case No. 13-CV-1168

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