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Friday, March 31, 2017

College Softball Team’s Parents Sue after Deadly Bus and Truck Accident

Q: Are tractor-tractor drivers and trucking companies subject to additional safety regulations?

They lived life and played together. And they died together.

On the way home to Texas from a scrimmage one night, a horrific truck accident occurred between a tractor-trailer and a bus carrying the North Central Texas College Girls Softball team. The tractor-trailer reportedly crossed the median, slammed into the girls’ bus at 72 mph and caused it to rollover. Four girls died from “massive injuries”—three were pronounced dead at the scene and the fourth girl died at the hospital. Others were injured but survived.

If you are injured as the result of the negligence or recklessness of another person or company, and can prove their liability for your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to recover your medical costs, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and more.

In the event an injured person dies from their injuries, the victim’s close relatives may be entitled to recover substantial compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. While it won't bring your loved one back, it can help offset the financial burden of your terrible loss.

Because tractor-trailers-- with their massive size and weight--are capable of causing substantial injuries and death, the trucking industry is subject to very stringent regulations. Some of these safety regulations are designed to ensure that drivers have sufficient rest with limits on their daily driving hours and work day hours. There are also weight limits on the loads they may carry. Truck drivers are subject to drug-testing and are prohibited from texting or using cell phones while driving and from driving while tired or sick.

The truck driver in this case reportedly initially told investigators he was "distracted "at the time of the accident. “Drugs and drug paraphernalia" were reportedly found in the vehicle. Although he was charged with four counts of manslaughter, the truck driver reportedly committed suicide.

An eyewitness at the scene attempted to rescue one of the players who perished but said “the bus came on top of her, the bus fell on top of her head." Upon seeing the bus, the mother of one of the victims allegedly stated she never would have put her daughter in "something like this" –claiming that –"the bus was made of plywood, Styrofoam and metal pieces that were not welded together”.

Under the umbrella of personal injury law, is the doctrine of product liability, which provides that those injured by dangerous or defective products may be entitled to compensation for their injuries from the manufacturers or distributors of those products. Defective automotive products are one of many claims that may fall within a product liability lawsuit.

Three of the deceased girls’ families are reportedly suing Champion Bus Company, the company that made the bus in question, as well as the college and hope to use any proceeds to build a new softball stadium at the college.

If you or a loved one has been injured or a loved one has been killed, as the result of the negligent, reckless, or malicious actions of another person or company, you’ll want a board certified personal injury trial lawyer on your side.

Call Sawicki Law Firm today at 888-468-8844 for a free consultation. From our office in Dallas, we represent clients throughout the Lone Star State.


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