Injured bus rider sues Fairfield

By From page A3 | August 07, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A 72-year-old man, who says DART Paratransit failed to make sure he was in a seatbelt and that when the vehicle stopped abruptly he was thrown from his wheelchair, broke his knee and suffered a head wound, is suing Fairfield and the transit service.

The filing this month in Solano County Superior Court for Joseph Tucker follows the Aug. 15, 2013, incident on North Texas Street.

DART referred a request for comment to Wayne Lewis, assistant director of public works for the city, who could not be reached Wednesday. The city of Fairfield generally does not comment about matters in litigation.

Attorney Devan Bennett of Fairfield, who represents Tucker, said Wednesday that “The claim is meritorious.”

DART has a duty to make sure passengers are safe, Bennett said.

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  • 2realAugust 07, 2014 - 5:46 am

    Suing is the new retirement

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  • WHY!!!August 07, 2014 - 6:04 am

    Is there more to this 72 year old man. Why didn't he put his own seat belt on?

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  • BaseballmomAugust 07, 2014 - 7:18 am

    Actually no. The gentleman was in a wheelchair. DART staff should secure the seatbelt. Sadly, staff quality is not great... He won't hit the "Sue Lotto Jackpot" but he will get something. If he is smart, he will settle before going to trial... Jurors are beginning to understand that these lawsuits are costing THEM money....

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  • gemmaAugust 07, 2014 - 9:09 am

    I hope the gentleman is ok. Let's all remember the guy in a wheelchair whose whole mission in life is to sue every establishment in Ca that doesn't have Handicapped Parking or ramps, and he does sue them, and give the passenger on the bus a fair shot. Ok, tried searching for the "serial plaintiff" and came back with Alfredo Garcia, who just so happened to be deported back to Mexico recently, under the condition that he continues to receive medical care. Reading the article about him will infuriate you so much, you'll forget about the gentleman in FF. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/08/02/disabled-professional-plaintiff-who-sued-800-ca-businesses-for-1-2-million-deported-to-mexico/

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  • JagAugust 07, 2014 - 7:54 pm

    Really he had to put on his own seat belt? Wow I guess $2 doesn`t buy you the service it used to.....

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