Because of the serious damage that commercial vehicles, such as trucks and buses, can cause when they collide with smaller vehicles, truck and bus drivers and their employers must adhere to strict operating and maintenance rules. When these drivers or their employers choose to ignore these regulations, they can put your life at risk.
Truck collisions. If you have been involved in a serious commercial trucking accident it is critical to act promptly. Negligent trucking companies and their insurers will work on building their defense right away, and so should you. At Soll Law we are prepared to fight back with an effective legal plan.
The most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Truck driver fatigue
- Truckers driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Poor truck maintenance or repair
- Aged or improperly inflated tires
- Trucker distracted driving due to cellphone use or other factors
- Trucking company oversight or negligence
- Overloaded trucks
Truck crashes can happen in a matter of moments, but the injuries they cause can last months or years. A person involved in a tractor-trailer accident may suffer broken bones, a head injury, spinal cord injury, including paralysis or even death.
Bus collisions are especially tragic because of the large number of passengers inherently involved in the crash. Add to this the fact that buses are not equipped with safety devices, such as seat belts and airbags, which come standard on other motor vehicles, and you have the potential for a high number of injuries and deaths in every crash. Bus accidents may be caused by a variety of factors, but the number one cause of bus accidents is negligence. Bus drivers may be negligent in operating the vehicle. In fact, inexperience and poor driver training contribute to many bus accidents each year. Driver fatigue and inattention also contribute to a significant number of bus accidents each year. In addition, a bus company’s negligence in maintaining its fleet is also a factor in many bus crashes. When bus passengers are injured as a result of negligence, the bus driver and/or bus company may be held legally liable for your injuries.
Bus accidents often result in serious injuries to passengers. Bus accident injury victims may suffer brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, burn injuries, and internal injuries that often require painful surgery and extensive physical therapy to heal. These types of injuries may lower the quality of your life forever, rendering it impossible to perform routine daily tasks without assistance. In some cases, injury victims are unable to return to work for days, weeks, or even months after the accident.
As your personal injury lawyers, we represent you on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not have to pay us any legal fees unless and until you win your case. If we win, we are paid a percentage of your recovery as our fee. If you don’t win, you owe us no fee. Unless we agree otherwise, if you don’t win, you owe us no costs either.
Going to Trial
Most cases settle out-of-court; however, if the parties in truck or bus crash case cannot agree to an out-of-court settlement, the case will proceed to trial in a court of law. This can be a lengthy process. The case can be filed in a state or federal trial court and the decision is subject to review by an appeals court. Adam Soll will be with you the entire way through this process.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck or bus collision, CALL US for a free evaluation.