Some Illinois residents might have heard about a Greyhound bus accident on Aug. 30 that resulted in the death of eight people. The accident, which happened in New Mexico, happened when a semi-trailer hit the bus.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident. It has been reported that the truck had lost the tread on a front tire and that the tires will be looked at further. The agency has the bus and semi-trailer’s electronic data recorders and has spoken to crash survivors. It is trying to get an interview with the semi-trailer driver as well as toxicology reports and medical records for both the bus and semi-trailer driver. The truck is owned by a company in California.
The New Mexico state police chief said it was the worst deadly crash he had seen. He also said it would be a matter of weeks or months before the accident cause was known.
When a person is injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by another driver, that driver may be considered financially responsible for costs associated with the accident. If the injured person is in a commercial vehicle, such as a bus, that is in an accident with a vehicle owned by another company, such as the semi-trailer in this situation, the issue of compensation may become more complicated. The bus company, either of the drivers and the business that owns the truck might all bear some measure of responsibility. A person who is in an accident of this nature might want to consult an attorney for advice on how to proceed. For example, a person could be offered a settlement from one of the companies that is ultimately unfavorable. The attorney may be able to suggest alternatives for seeking compensation.
Source: Fox News, “Semi-trailer in deadly New Mexico crash had lost tire tread, authorities say“, Amy Lieu, Sept. 2, 2018