After reading your front-page article announcing the start of the Greyhound bus crash civil trial (Feb. 9), I found myself ruminating on the circumstances that caused the crash, trying to process how common sense could again be set aside in the filing of these lawsuits.
In looking at the details, does it really matter which of the three girls was driving? It was clearly negligence that caused their sport-utility vehicle to end up in an unthinkable place, the middle of Highway 99, whether chemically-impaired or not! How could that possibly happen?
Does it really matter if the bus was 5 mph over the speed limit? Most of my recollections of Greyhound buses are of them traveling at 70 mph in the fast lane. For James Jewett, it should have been a routine night of driving.
Does it really matter if other cars had successfully steered around the toppled car? Try navigating a Greyhound bus in a split-second. Probably not doable.
I hope the jury can see through the smoke-and-mirrors arguments in this trial. Having witnessed the Greyhound bus as it was being towed off that sad day, I can say this accident never should have happened except for negligent behavior by the girls.