Last week, ten people lost their lives in Orland, California, when a Fed Ex truck crossed the center median of the highway and got into a head on collision with a bus full of high school students on their way to visit a northern California university. According to a story by the Huffington Post, the bus was head north from Los Angeles to Humboldt State University, when it was involved in the tragic truck accident.
Once the two vehicles collided, students, counselors, and chaperones all tried to escape the bus before it caught fire and eventually exploded. Most of the 44 aboard made it out of the bus alive, however, nine aboard the bus did not. The driver of the Fed Ex truck was also killed in the accident.
The bus was taking low-income, high-achieving high-school seniors on a trip to visit the college campus. Two other busses from the Los Angeles area arrived safely at Humboldt State.
Police are trying to figure out why exactly the Fed Ex truck crossed the center median and entered the opposite lane of traffic. Currently, authorities are estimating that the complete accident investigation report will not be complete for another several months.
Accident Scene Investigations Are Crucial for Maryland Plaintiffs
As you can see from reading the preliminary news reports, no one knows what happened or what exactly caused the accident. While there are myriad possibilities of why the Fed Ex truck lost control and entered the opposite lane of traffic, accident victims and their families will have to wait to find out what truly happened.
When the accident report does eventually come out, the accident victims and the families of those who lost their lives in the accident may be entitled to monetary compensation based on the negligence of the Fed Ex driver, if any. This is critically important to accident victims, as you can see: without the investigation, there is no telling who would be at fault and it would be much more difficult to recover damages from the negligent driver.
This brings up another interesting point about when a claim for damages must be brought. As just discussed, an accident victim may want to wait until the conclusion of the investigation before bringing charges. However, they should not wait too long, because the statute of limitations may bar recovery after a certain time period.
Are You Considering Bringing a Maryland Personal Injury Suit?
If you have been involved in a Maryland truck accident and are considering bringing suit against the negligent driver that caused the accident, you should speak to an experienced Maryland truck accident attorney as soon as possible. The skilled personal injury attorneys ar Lebowitz & Mzhen Personal Injury Lawyers have the dedication and experience you need to effectively bring your case in any Maryland court. With years of experience representing Maryland accident victims, Lebowitz & Mzhen know what it takes to recover for their clients. Click here, or call 410-654-3600 to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney today.
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