Multi-Vehicle Accident on I-880 Involves a Bus and a Truck

Look carefully at your driver’s license; it has an alphabetic code referring to what kinds of vehicles you are licensed to drive. Most drivers in California have a basic class C license, which allows you to drive a car, van, pickup truck, or small farm vehicle such as a tractor. Class A and class B licenses are for bigger, heavier vehicles; it requires a much greater level of skill to drive them, and thus, the licensing requirements are much stricter. Huge vehicles like trucks and buses can do a lot of damage in a collision, and thus, commercial vehicle accidents are at least as likely to cause serious injuries than traffic accidents involving simple two-axle cars.  This week, both a semi-truck and a bus were involved in a multi-vehicle collision on I-880 in California, leading to two fatalities.

Multi-Vehicle Accident

Case Barnett Law represents victims in car, semi truck, big rig and bus accident lawsuits.

Tour Bus Collides with Two Cars and a Truck on I-880

On the evening of Tuesday, October 30, 2018, a tour bus traveling on I-880 near the border of Hayward and Union City, failed to slow down in time when it ran into stop and go traffic, and it rear-ended the car in front of it. This led to a multi-vehicle collision, in which the bus also hit another car, causing it to collide with a nearby semi-truck. The drivers of both cars were killed, and the driver of the truck was taken to the hospital to be treated for neck pain. The bus driver was not injured, and there were no passengers in the bus at the time of the accident.

Legal Issues That Arise from Multi-Vehicle Accidents 

News outlets have not reported on any legal actions arising from the collision. Based on published descriptions of the accident, it sounds like most of the fault for the accident belongs to the driver of the tour bus. Thus, the families of the drivers killed in the accident may have a case for a wrongful death claim against the bus company. If it is determined that the condition of the roads made it impossible for the bus driver to stop in time to avoid hitting the cars, there could be grounds for a premises liability suit against the county or state. News reports have not provided information on the severity of the truck driver’s injuries, but he might also have a claim against the bus company. The trucking company is legally required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, which will likely bear the cost of treatment for the truck driver’s injuries and for compensating him for any time that he must miss work because of the accident.

Contact Case Barnett Law About Commercial Vehicle Accident Cases

Failure to observe the highest safety standards when operating a commercial vehicle such as a bus or truck can have disastrous results. People injured in commercial vehicle accidents are often entitled to compensation. Contact Case Barnett in Costa Mesa, California if you have been seriously injured in an accident involving a commercial vehicle.

What To Do If You Are In A Rainy Day Car Accident

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With four El Niño-fueled storms currently bearing down on California we expect to see more accidents on the road. El Niño 2016 will have a profound affect on the climate as well as on driver’s safety while on the wet roads. While there are many steps you can take to avoid a rainy day car accident, not all accidents will be prevented.

Often time accidents can be minor and handled in small claims court.  However, what should you do if you are injured in a car accident?  Case Barnett Law can help you recover the compensation you deserve.

If you have been in an accident that was not your fault, you may be eligible for damages.

If you were injured in a car accident, you can ask the other drivers insurance to pay you a cash settlement. If that driver was not insured, you may request this settlement against your own under-insured motorist coverage on your own insurance, if you have this coverage.

Insurance companies may put pressure on you to rush the process after you have been in an accident.  They may make you feel that you do not have a case and that you will not be awarded any financial compensation for your accident.  There is no rush but you do need to be aware of your state’s Statute of Limitations.  The Statute of Limitations means that you must file a lawsuit or close or settle your case within your state time limits. The time clock starts on the day of the car accident. In California the statute of limitations is 2 years for injury and 3 years for property damage. To learn more about your State’s insurance rules and regulations visit California State Website for Insurance Questions.

After a car accident NEVER sign any documentation with the insurance companies in exchange for cash, until you have finished your medical treatment. By contacting an attorney at Case Barnett Law you will be protected through this process.

After you sign a release to close this case, no matter how serious your injuries in the future, you cannot go back for more treatment, or compensation, even if you made a mistake.

How To Make Sure You Receive Proper Compensation After A Car Accident

  • File a police report.
  • Seek medical attention quickly.
    • Visit the emergency room or your physician as soon as possible after an accident if you are injured.
  • Be aware of any pre-existing injuries that you are claiming became worse as a result of the accident.
    • Ask your physician to take new x-rays or ultrasounds of those injured areas. Comparisons in the pre-accident and post-accident scans can help show that the accident caused additional damage to the area. This will be crucial in court.
  • Avoid emotional statements that you make to other drivers or passengers after the accident.
    • Keep in mind that although your emotions might be intense following a car accident, you should avoid making promises or statements of blame.
  • Take witness testimonies.
  • Take photographs of the accident scene.
  • Gather up any records and documents that validate the number of days and wages you lost due to the accident.
  • Be aware of any personal injury limits written into your car insurance policy.
  • Take notes on anything you can remember about the accident as soon as you are physically able.
  • Document your injuries.
    • Take photographs and get medical attention to provide evidence of the seriousness of your injuries.
  • Contact witnesses.
    • If you collected witness contact information at the time of the accident, contact them as soon as possible to get their observations down on paper.
  • Return to the scene of the accident to search for and take pictures of evidence.
    • You may notice something, such as a dirty traffic sign, that led you to make a driving mistake and get into a car accident.

Damages In Car Accident Personal Injury Cases

Damages refer to the cost of your injuries. These can be a direct financial cost or an emotional and indirect cost.

  • Direct damages.
    • Cost of medical bills.
    • Lost wages.
    • Loss of earning capacity.
    • Property loss.
  • Indirect damages. 
    • Pain and suffering.
    • Emotional distress.
    • Inability to have children as a result of accident-related injuries.
    • Loss of an extremity.
    • Loss of consortium, if the accident caused a strain on your relationship.

If the defendant was especially careless when causing the accident, you may also receive punitive damages, which are meant to punish the defendant, and are imposed by the court.

If you have questions about damages or your personal injury case in general, speak to an attorney at Case Barnett Law.