NTTA Is Suing the Driver in a Horrific Irving Bus Crash Over Lost Toll Revenue

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The two dozen lawsuits that have piled up against Grand Prairie's Cardinal Coachlines in the wake of last spring's grisly bus crash on the Bush Turnpike in Irving were predictable enough. Three dead, dozens more seriously injured, almost all senior citizens bound for Choctaw Casino in Durant, Oklahoma -- all because, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the driver couldn't stay in his lane.

On Friday, the North Texas Tollway Authority joined the line of plaintiffs, filing a lawsuit claiming negligence on the part of Cardinal Coachlines and its driver, Loyd Rieve. Their suit, however, isn't about the human toll of the crash. Rather, the NTTA wants compensation for property damage and lost toll revenue.

NTTA spokesman Michael Rey put the agency's losses at upwards of $100,000.

"That's for damage to the roadway, resources to work the accident and lost revenue for the hours the road was shut down," Rey wrote in an email. "The insurance company failed to address NTTA's claim in satisfactory fashion, so NTTA filed suit to protect its rights."

Rey didn't provide a breakdown of damages, but the loss in toll revenue alone would have been substantial. The southbound stretch of the turnpike was shut down for 3 hours, 31 minutes, according to the suit. Northbound -- the direction the bus was traveling -- the closure lasted from 9 a.m. to 5:14 p.m., spanning parts of morning and evening rush hour.

According to a recent NTTA revenue study, the average daily traffic volume on the Bush Turnpike through Irving is between 40,000 and 50,000 cars in each. Assuming that a third of those cars took alternate routes or left the tollway before they otherwise would have (and this is pure speculation), and that every one of those vehicles would have ended up paying NTTA $2.50 for their trip, the loss would have been in the ballpark of $75,000.

NTTA may not have an easy time collecting. Cardinal filed for bankruptcy last month, listing just over $13,000 in total assets.

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SunsetNTTA
SunsetNTTA

way to go NTTA... funny how you can spend loads of money on a law suit that will get you NOTHING... Crony Capitalists fail again... folks this is yet another in a long and nauseating list of reasons to shut the whole mess down. search sunset the ntta on any search engine or look it up on FB directly - time to shut down the NTTA completely. 

caseymack
caseymack

I would like to sue the shit outta NTTA for building the most un-even/ un-level highway in the whole state of Texas.  If your driving from Arlington to North Dallas at 70 MPH and don't catch air on 161 when the highway dips a foot, there are 30 other chances to do so!  Wouldnt be surprised if this accident was spurred on by one of those dips!

SUCK IT NTTA!!  You will one day go down!!!

J_A_
J_A_

Yeah a bunch of old people died or were injured but come on, the NTTA lost like, tens of thousands of dollars! Fuckers.

drjeff0001
drjeff0001

Anybody can sue anybody for anything.  The thing is that you still have to take it to court.  These people filed a suit to try and weasel money from the insurer of that bus, not the bus company.  They want to get as much as they can, even if it costs the survivors and families of those who were really injured. This is about what you expect, though.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

I'd like to remind everyone that the Dallas North Tollroad was paid off a few years back, and per their agreement should be toll free now. But the city of Dallas is being a giant pussy and won't press them on it.

So now Dallas commuters are paying to build roads in Collin County. Again, fuck the NTTA.

JSSS
JSSS

Wait, so the NTTA charges you to drive on the Tollway.  So does Nurburgring.  The NTTA is going to charge you for accidents.So does Nurburgring. Nurburgring allows you to go as fast as want. Ergo, that must be true for the Tollway as well.  My ride home tonight just got more fun!! 

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

What about lost revenue due to cavity searches? Sue dps, farrell and helleson.

Might be tough to document.

jczart
jczart

You can actually see this wreck on google earth, on the satellite aerials layer for 4/10/2013.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

1.  Weren't the people who were forced off the tollway, charged when they exited they tollway?

B.  When they passed the wreck they were allowed back on the tollway where they were probably charged again to get back on.  This would be more expensive than staying on the Tollway and being charge at the large toll booth on the main lanes

III.  Lets just count the loss of revenue at the main lane gantry which charges .89 to pass bc we really have no clue how far each car drives on the tollway that day that chose not too.  And isn't that the point of the tollway, is to be able to pay for a faster route than freeways?  And when its not fast why should anyone pay.  That is the cost of doing business NTTA

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Fuck the NTTA.

And this lawsuit is laughable.

CorMan
CorMan

The NTTA is like any municipality in that it can claim for property damage and for the resources to work the accident. 


This also makes it so the agency can attribute this as a loss for its bookkeeping.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Sorry, the lost toll revenue is consequential damages and no one, I mean no one, pays for consequential damages.


If NTTA is awarded for the consequential damages, then everyone who is in a traffic accident can receive the lost time, income, costs and incidental consequential damages associated with repairs and the accident from the at fault driver.


Taken one step further, any person in the back up as a result of the accident will also be able to obtain compensation from the at fault driver.


One other thought, is NTTA skating on thin ice when it comes to actual toll revenues meeting projected toll revenues in order to service their outstanding bonds?

RWilliams
RWilliams

Wait a minute. I'm certainly no friend of NTTA but...


Through the alleged negligence of driver/bus company, NTTA lost part of a day's pay and got their property messed up. It makes sense that they'd be trying to recover that loss

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Maybe we should all pitch in and get them a sympathy card for their loss.

unclescrappy
unclescrappy

Guess this just goes to show the GREED that the NTTA is quickly becoming infamous for.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@SunsetNTTA Good point, by the time they get it into a court or a settlement , they will have spent more on attorneys than their guesstimated $100k loss

J_A_
J_A_

I hate that part on 161

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

I don't think the public is allowed on the Ring. Anymore than they are allowed on tms or indy.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul Guess people should be suing the dump truck driver who shut down I 30 this morning causing them all to be late to work and possibly lose wages, plus the wear and tear on the car of having to take a longer route to work than normal

James_the_P3
James_the_P3

@RWilliams I am unaware of any case that says that a driver owes a duty to the owner of a roadway not to get into a collision while on the roadway.  A person has a duty to use reasonable care to avoid a foreseeable risk of injury to others.  But I really hesitate to identify a tollway operator's lost profits as a "foreseeable" risk.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@RWilliams

If I were the judge I might determine that accidents on "your" roadway are part and parcel of being in the tollroad business and not subject to recompense.

Anyway, it looks like they're gonna' be in a long line of reaching hands.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@ozonelarryb 

You were saying that the public is not allowed at Nurburgring.  I was merely pointing out that they are, and that race cars are available for rent, by the lap, by the hour and by the day.

Personally, at 350 Euros a day for the lowest level car, I am planning on putting this on my itinerary  for my next trip to Germany.


Check out the Sabine Schmitz videos.  She is passing Porsches and motorcycles while driving that Ford Transit.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

450 bucks a day on a closed course is still not analogous to ntta managed roads. Any more than the CRASHCAR chebbys fords and toyoters are like the ones on the road.

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