On August 6, 2014, an 18-wheeler slammed into the back of a Greyhound Bus on I-40. The bus was headed to Oklahoma City, and 10 passengers were taken to area hospitals to be treated for their injuries.
A second Greyhound bus will be picking up the passengers to transport them to Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the accident.
Truck Drivers and Bus Companies are Held to Higher Standards of Safety.
Truck drivers and trucking companies must follow federal laws that require them to ensure their safety and the safety of those with whom they share the road. Due to the high risk of serious injury to others if a truck causes an accident, trucking companies are also required, by federal law to have hefty insurance policies. Depending on the results of the accident investigation, you might be able to hold the truck driver and the truck company liable for your injuries. If a defective part on the truck was a factor in causing the accident, you might be able to hold the manufacturer liable for your injuries.
Bus companies and their drivers must follow the Common Carrier Rule, which requires them to take extra precautions to keep passengers safe from harm. If the Greyhound bus driver in this accident is found to have contributed to the cause of this accident in any way, you might be able to hold Greyhound liable for your injuries.
The bottom line is that, if you or a loved one was injured in this accident, you need to have an independent investigation conducted. An independent investigation will help you determine who is at fault for your injuries and who should compensate you for your pain and suffering. The best way to begin the investigation process is to talk to an attorney who has experience handling complicated cases involving Greyhound and 18-wheelers.