6 Injured in Timpson, TX, School Bus Accident on US 59
Timpson, TX -- May 24, 2017, six people, including children, were injured after an accident where a dump truck struck a school bus on Highway 59.
The Texas Department of Public Safety released details surrounding the multi-vehicle accident, which they say happened at around 7:45 a.m. just north of the intersection of US 59 and FM 4759.
Investigators reported that 55-year-old Benjamin Salazar was driving a dump truck along the northbound lanes of US 59. He reportedly failed to see a Timpson ISD school bus stopped, emergency signals activated, in the outside lane.
Officials state that Salazar attempted to swerve into the inside traffic lane, hitting a tractor-trailer next to him and sending him back toward the bus. The truck collided into the rear-end of the bus as a result.
Following the collision, Salazar and the driver of the bus, 28-year-old Sabra Sessions, were taken to a local hospital with unspecified injuries. Five children on the bus were also taken to a hospital with unknown injuries.
Police did not say if any charges or citations resulted from the accident. Further details are unavailable.
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A mistake I often see people make in these scenarios is that the trucking company that struck the bus is automatically going to be held liable for the accident. What they may not know is just how complex an accident becomes when a commercial vehicle is involved. Trucking companies are not in the business of losing money, no matter how bad the accident is. To avoid liability, they tend to look for whatever target they can to shift blame onto. Even in this accident, reports say the driver couldn't see over a hill, meaning the company could blame road design, and that there was 18-wheeler, giving the defense another target to point their finger at.
But how is a trucking company going to blame other people? Doesn't the news article say they're at fault? Well, news reports are hardly tangible evidence, and that's where trucking companies can often take people by surprise. They read the reports and assume the trucking company will automatically compensate them only to find they have no physical evidence to back up their claim. When it comes to a fight for liability, a bad defense with bad evidence can defeat a good theory of liability with no evidence whatsoever.
Don't let all of this scare you, though. Holding a trucking company fully accountable may be challenging, but it's not impossible. Victims and their families can equip themselves with the tools necessary to getting justice for their pains by seeking the aid of an experienced professional. Someone who knows the blame-shifting tactics of trucking companies gives victims an ally who knows the evidence necessary to countering trucking companies attempts to avoid liability and hold them fully accountable for their actions. With the right tools, the right professional, and some determination, victims and their families can overcome barriers put up by combative trucking companies and achieve success.
--Grossman Law Offices