Tractor Trailer and Tour Bus Collisions
Because of the size of their vehicles, tractor trailer and tour bus collisions are at least likely to cause significant property damage. In addition to property damage though, the size of these vehicles, as well as the high speeds at which they travel, frequently causes serious injuries among the passengers and drivers. Continue reading for more information about tractor trailer and tour bus collisions.
Choice of Law Involved with Tractor Trailer and Tour Bus Collisions
Because tractor trailers and tour buses frequently travel across state lines, when a collision occurs some may question which state’s law applies. The general rule is that the law of the state where the accident occurs usually always applies.
For example, if a tour bus is involved in a collision in Virginia but its passengers are mostly from Nevada, the choice of law (meaning the applicable state law) will typically be Virginia. There may be some exceptions to this rule, and on some occasions, a lawsuit can be filed in the state where the bus company is located.
Common Injuries in Tractor Trailer and Tour Bus Collisions
When tractor trailers and tour buses are involved in collisions, there are frequently catastrophic injuries to drivers and passengers. Because of the weight of the vehicles and speeds at which they travel, injuries often include broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and injuries to internal organs, as well as bruises, sprains, and strains. Collisions between small passenger cars and these large vehicles are often deadly.
Recent Tractor Trailer and Tour Bus Collisions
In recent years, there have been several collisions involving tour buses and tractor trailers. On November 17, 2019, there was a crash involving a tractor trailer and a charter bus on I-64 between Waynesboro and Charlottesville, Virginia. The tractor trailer driver lost control of his vehicle after hitting a patch of ice. The tractor trailer overturned, and a tour bus which had been traveling behind the tractor trailer was unable to avoid hitting the truck. The tour bus had more than 20 passengers on board, many of whom were transported to Augusta Medical Center.
Talk with a Virginia Car Accident Lawyer
While accidents involving tour buses are rare occurrences, tractor trailer accidents happen more frequently. In the instance that you or a loved one are involved in a collision with either a tractor trailer or tour bus, knowing your rights will be of utmost importance. It will be important for you to understand how to receive compensation for your medical expenses and lost wages, and to understand how pain and suffering are determined. These are usually questions that you’ll want answered by an attorney who is experienced in handling these types of cases. Even if you decide not to hire a lawyer to help with your case, most attorneys offer free consultations to help answer your questions.
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