On Sunday, August 28, 2022, a collision involving a school bus and a commercial truck left a 17-year-old girl dead and 6 others injures. The school bus was carrying Holbrook Indian School students and staff who were on a field trip to Window Rock, NM. There were 19 people on the bus at the time of the crash. The incident occurred around 9:30 a.m. on Interstate 40 near Sanders. According to authorities, traffic had slowed on the highway because of a previous incident. The semi-truck rear ended the school bus, pushing it into a van.
This is a very unfortunate event. The reckless actions of the semi-truck driver resulted in the death of an innocent teenager and in multiple other injuries. Incidents like these are more common than many of us think. Traffic conditions on highways can quickly change, and drivers who are speeding or distracted, for instance, can fail to slow down and stop on time to prevent a collision.
If you were injured or a loved one was killed in the incident mentioned above or a similar incident, it is essential that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible. You could have grounds to file a lawsuit. For more information about your legal options, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm immediately.
Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our lawyers are more than ready to help you with your claim. Our lawyers have decades of experience and are ready to guide you throughout the legal process to ensure that you recover the compensation that you are owed. If you are ready to speak with the experts at our law firm, contact us today.
Rear Ended by a Semi-Truck – Common Causes of these Accidents
Semi-trucks are large vehicles that are often carrying thousands of pounds of weight. These vehicles are larger and heavier than passenger vehicles, so they require a much longer distance to slow down and stop safely. Considering this, it is essential for truck drivers to always be alert and driving cautiously.
Some common causes of rear-end incidents on highways include the following:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving distracted (using mobile devices or doing anything else that prevents full focus on the road)
- Speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, etc.
- Driving fatigued (e.g., falling asleep at the wheel)
- Inexperienced drivers
- Untrained drivers
Regardless of the cause of the incident, innocent parties can suffer significant harm.
Truck Accident Injuries
Truck accidents often result in devastating injuries. This is simply because of the size and weight of trucks. Some examples of the injuries that can occur due to truck accidents can include the following: head injuries; traumatic brain injuries; neck injuries; back injuries; spinal cord injuries; shoulder injuries; hip injuries; knee injuries; crushing injuries; severed limbs; nerve injuries; fractures; scrapes and bruises. Of course, some of these injuries could result in permanent and disabling harm, and some injuries could be fatal.
No matter the harm that you or a loved one suffered in a truck accident, you could have grounds to sue.
The Issue with School Buses
When school buses are involved in accidents, injuries could be devastating. This is because the use of seat belts is rarely enforced in buses, in general. In the case of a crash, occupants are often thrown around in the bus, which significantly increases the risk of injuries.
Can I Sue?
Yes – you could have grounds to file a lawsuit. If you or a loved one was injured in an accident similar to the one discussed above, then you will likely have grounds to file a lawsuit against the truck owner. This is because all drivers on the road, including truck drivers, owe a duty of care towards others on the road. If you can prove that the truck driver was negligent in any way (i.e., the driver was speeding, driving distracted, etc.), then you can likely file a lawsuit and recover compensation.
It is important to note that commercial trucks are often covered by high value insurance policies, meaning that you could be eligible to recover a sizeable settlement from the insurance company if your lawsuit is successful. Your settlement could consist of compensation for some of the following: medical costs; lost earnings; pain and suffering; funeral and burial costs; loss of consortium; punitive damages; legal fees.
The Statute of Limitations
All injury claims and wrongful death claims are subject to a statute of limitations. A statute of limitations determines the total length of time that claimants have to file their lawsuits. If claimants fail to file their lawsuits on time, then they can lose their right to sue entirely. In the state of Arizona, claimants have two-years to file their lawsuits. The same statute applies in California. In general, this deadline can range from one year to up to six years based on the state. For more information about the total length of time that you have to file your claim, contact us today.
Contact the Downtown L.A. Law Group
Here at our law firm, we are committed to fighting for the rights of injured parties and their families. Our lawyers have decades of experience handling different types of claims, including truck accident claims and school bus accident claims, for example. If you would like to explore your legal options and learn more about your right to sue, contact us today. We offer free legal services, which include free consultations and free second opinions. During these legal services, our truck accident lawyers will give you all the information that you need to begin or continue your lawsuit. We offer a Zero-Fee guarantee, so you will not be required to pay any upfront legal costs to speak to our lawyers. We also work on a strict contingency structure, so our clients do not have to pay legal fees until after winning their claims. If you do not win, you will not pay anything.
Contact us at your earliest convenience.