Accident Involving a Bus and a Cargo Truck Kills 43

At least 43 people are dead after a commercial trailer came loose from a big rig truck and smashed into a fully loaded passenger bus. Another 27 people were injured in the tragic accident, including 7 children.

Most of the victims were workers. Following the bus accident, the driver of the truck that lost its load fled the scene and is still being pursued by local authorities.

When operating large commercial vehicles like 18-wheelers and buses, it only takes a split second for things to go horribly wrong. If you or someone you love has been hurt or killed in an accident involving a bus, truck or other large commercial vehicle, contact the experienced bus accident injury lawyers today for a free consultation regarding your rights. Don’t accept any settlement offers or sign any paperwork until you’ve spoken with a knowledgeable attorney. Otherwise, you may forfeit your right to full compensation.

Texas Car & Truck Accident Lawyers

Houston Car Accident Lawyers
Houston personal injury lawyers at our firm have successfully resolved hundreds of cases through both trial and settlement on behalf of clients injured in serious car, truck and motorcycle accidents. Our lawyers refuse to settle cases for an amount that does not fully compensate our clients for their injuries and, as a result, spend a majority of their time in the courtroom. This has enabled our firm to consistently obtain substantial awards for our clients in courts throughout Texas and the United States.

The Dangers of Driving:

Although we can do everything within our power to protect ourselves, driving can still have serious, and sometimes even fatal, consequences. Over 516,000 car accidents occurred in Harris, Galveston, Dallas, and Travis counties in just the past 4 years. In 2007 alone, more than 3,400 people were killed in car and truck accidents across Texas, approximately 40% of which involved a drunk or intoxicated driver.

Don’t Wait to Act
The circumstances of every car accident and truck accident are unique. While the damage to the vehicles involved may be immediately apparent, physical injuries to the drivers and passengers often develop over days, weeks or even months. If you’ve been in a car accident or truck accident within the past 2 years, it’s important that you contact one of our Auto accident lawyers as soon as possible, while the details of the accident are fresh in your mind and you still have time to file suit, if necessary.

It’s also critical that you DO NOT speak or give statements to the other drivers’ insurance agents or accept any settlement offer before speaking with an experienced accident lawyer; it is common for insurance companies to try to encourage settlement before you have had a chance to consult with a lawyer or see your doctor by offering small sums of money. The insurance agent may tell you that this is all that you can recover, knowing that if you hire a lawyer, you could get even more than 5 times that amount. Do not fall for this common trick. Call one of the experienced Texas Accident Attorneys at our firm for a free, no-commitment consultation.

A Settlement or Other Remedy
While our goal, as trial lawyers, is always to reach a quick resolution, we will only do so if we are confident that our client is receiving a full and fair recovery. Whether your case is settled or tried before a jury, you can always rest assured that our car accident lawyers are committed to ensuring that you are properly compensated for your losses and injuries. Having worked with and fought against insurance adjusters and insurance defense lawyers both in and out of the courtroom, our Texas accident lawyers have the experience necessary to properly value and efficiently resolve your case.

Compensation for Losses in an Auto Accident
Car accidents can result in devastating losses, such as:

  • Hospitalization and significant medical bills
  • Rehabilitation and long-term care costs
  • Loss of income, both present and future
  • Permanent disability, disfigurement or need for nursing services
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Loss of companionship and financial support

Texas Truck Accident Lawyer and 18 Wheeler Accident Lawyer

Houston Truck Accident, Bus Accident and 18 Wheeler Accident Lawyers
What distinguishes the truck accident lawyers at our firm from lawyers at other law firms? All of our lawyers are trial attorneys who are always willing to take your case to court in the face of an inadequate settlement offer by the insurance company. Our truck and 18 wheeler accident lawyers are dedicated to ensuring that you and your family receive the maximum compensation for your losses and have resolved hundreds of cases through settlement and trial in courts across Texas and the United States.

In just the past 2 years alone, we have recovered over $100 million in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our injured clients.

Truck Accident Injuries and Statistics

Truck accident injuries are among the most serious on the road. The massive size of a truck is just one factor; another is the tendency of long-haul truck and 18 wheeler drivers to drive while fatigued or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It is estimated that over 4 out of 10 truck accidents result from the driver being intoxicated, causing approximately 1,000 deaths in Texas and 12,000 deaths in the United States each year.

Between January and November of 2008, more than 18,000 truck accidents have occurred in the state of Texas.

According to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Harris County has consistently recorded the highest number of fatal truck accidents in Texas, averaging 36 accidents per year between 2003 and 2007. Following Harris County are Dallas, Bexar and Tarrant Counties, respectively.

Our Truck Accident Lawyers have Successfully Resolved Hundreds of Cases on Behalf of Clients Injured in Motor Vehicle Accidents
The Houston accident attorneys at our firm have represented hundreds of individuals and families in Texas and across the country who have experienced the devastating effects of a truck accident.

Thousands of Truck Accidents Each Year
There are over 5,000 car and truck accidents in Texas every year. Across the United States, about 130,000 people are injured and 5,000 people are killed in truck accidents annually. These victims include drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. Common truck accident injuries include:

Paralysis
Broken necks
Brain and spinal cord injuries
Broken bones
Disfigurement
Permanent disabilities

Compensation for Truck Accident Injuries: Medical Expenses, Pain and Suffering, and Lost Income
When someone is hurt in a truck accident, he or she may be facing significant — even overwhelming — losses, such as:

Hospitalization costs
Rehabilitation and long-term care costs
Loss of income (present and future)
Job retraining
These and other losses may be recovered with the help of an experienced truck accident attorney. Even in cases involving the most unfortunate result, the accident lawyer can work with the surviving family to ensure that they obtain needed compensation, including:

Funeral and burial costs
Loss of financial support
Loss of a spouse, parent or child
Loss of companionship
Emotional pain and suffering

Truck accidents are generally much more complicated than cases involving cars and other passenger vehicles. Multiple insurance companies, a transportation company, the truck’s owner, and the driver may all be parties to the legal action, and complex state and federal trucking regulations will apply in determining who is at fault.