If you have plans to ride one of Philadelphia’s tourist buses this year, you can thank a lawsuit filed by a frail Hungarian-born visitor for a safer, more comfortable ride.
Agnes Matyekne, 63, was severely injured on Sept. 5, 2011 when the PHLASH bus on which she was riding hit “a large and obvious” pothole at 9th and Market Streets. Matyekne was violently thrown up into the air and landed on a hard wooden bench. The impact broke the Brooklyn resident’s back, fracturing one of her lower vertebrae and left her with nerve damage. Matyekne, a Hungarian-immigrant, was left in agonizing pain.
Matyekne filed suit in Mar. 2012 against the bus owner, 76 Carriage Company, Inc. claiming the accident had caused injuries requiring complicated back surgery and a lengthy rehabilitation.
Last week, she settled with the company for $450,000. In addition, the suit prompted the bus company outfit its vehicle seats with cushions, according to Matyekne’s attorney, Robert Braker, of the Saltz, Mongeluzzi law firm.