Accidents with trucks and buses are different from traditional automobile accidents for a number of reasons.
A wide range of evidence
The wide range of evidence available in a trucking or bus accident is a major difference when comparing them to automobile accidents.
A trucking or bus accident includes a driver's logs and receipts, which show the amount of time spent on the road and the amount of rest the driver had before getting behind the wheel.
A trucker's or bus driver's schedule can be used to show that the employing company had set unrealistic delivery or arrival deadlines that forced the driver to speed excessively or to drive while tired and unaware. This additional evidence provides a plethora of information to wade through and determine what is helpful.
A great deal at stake
The company involved in a truck or bus accident case often have more at stake than just your case. They see your case as the tip of the iceberg and will fight aggressively to keep you out of court -- and prevent you from receiving compensation for your losses.
An expert has the experience to sift through the mountains of evidence and support your case for settlement or trial. Finding the right piece of information or knowing what information is missing can be the difference between winning and losing a truck or bus accident case.
Truck or Bus Accident Victims: Who is Liable for Your Injuries?
If you are involved in an 18 wheeler accident, your lawyer will typically conduct a thorough investigation to determine the degree of negligence leading up to the accident on the part of the trucker or bus driver. Generally, the truck or bus driver will at least be named in a lawsuit, as he or she was the one who allegedly caused the accident. But the driver may not be the only party at fault.
An important part of the investigation will depend on whether the driver was an employee of a major trucking, transport or holiday company, was driving his or her private truck or bus individually or even whether he or she was driving for a major company, but was doing so as an independent contractor.
Moreover, the investigation would examine the role of the employing company: Did the owner hire a licensed, qualified driver? And did the he or she maintain the vehicle in accordance with regulations and safety standards? Each of these variances could make a difference as to who would ultimately be liable for your injuries – the driver, the trucking, transport or holiday company or both.
In addition, since trucks and buses and defective parts are hazards that cause accidents, the truck or bus manufacturer, or the manufacturer of parts for the truck or bus such as brakes and tires, may also be liable for a truck accident.
Even the definition of what is acceptable industry practices and standards is a very complex and demanding task and our experts know where the limits are and how to support your claim.
These experts understand the handling dynamics of heavy vehicles and the physics required to accurately and dependably reconstruct collisions involving these massive vehicles. Our heavy vehicle experts bring decades of experience designing, testing, and building tractor trailer combinations, passenger buses, and motor homes.
Crash Reconstruction with heavy trucks and Buses
Our heavy truck and bus experts are degreed engineers who understand how these vehicles are built, how they handle, and how they behave before, during, and after a crash.
Reconstructing a crash involving heavy trucks or buses can be considerably more complicated than conventional vehicle crashes and may require consideration for several factors not relevant in automobile to automobile crashes.
•Size: Trucks are bigger and heavier than automobiles, up to 40 tons, compared to 1-2 tons. As the difference in mass between colliding vehicles increases, normal calculation models used in crash reconstruction become less reliable.
•Configuration: There are many different configurations of heavy trucks, from a single unit straight truck to 3 trailer triples. Truck configurations effect vehicle maneuvering and stopping characteristics.
•Damage: Damage to the truck in a truck-automobile crash is usually minimal compared to the auto. This may require more sophisticated approaches to calculating crash forces.
Engineering, crashworthiness and operations
The heavy truck experts at All Accidents can effectively determine if a design or manufacturing defect was a contributing factor in the cause of a crash or injury. We also have experts in the areas of driver qualifications, National Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, fleet management, vehicle maintenance, vehicle fire origin and cause, body builder up-fitting, slips and falls, and much more.
Our experts have many years of experience in the heavy truck and bus industries. Whether it's design, testing, operations, or accidents, we have the expert you need to investigate your case.
Expertise beyond crash reconstruction
As a full-service forensic firm our heavy truck and bus experts are supported by specialists in areas that often influence vehicle-related incidents such as conspicuity, lighting, meteorology, highway and traffic engineering, biomechanics, human factors, toxicology, and liquor liability.
Why entrust All Accidents with your case:
Our philosophy is to offer more and claim more.
Our expert partners have extensive experience in accident cases, having participated in hundreds of claims and recoveries in Athens and as well as in other cities in Greece. More about our philosophy and our experts are found at our page "The Company".
An additional asset of our medical partners is the fact that they have checked in practice and identified those external experts who apart from specialized support in a court, are able to advise or undertake the restoration of the damage. Part of the cooperation with us is the continuous advisory/monitoring of the medical evolution of the person hurt, in direct contact with the relevant physicians.
Do not agree to anything before talking to us.
Insurance companies, in their effort to minimize the compensation you deserve may try various ways of approaching you through "very friendly" intermediaries like lawyers, claim managers or social workers.
Your interests are, however, in complete contrast with theirs. Do not agree to anything unless you receive an advice from us. Our specialist will examine and propose without any commitment from your side how to support you best to maximize your satisfaction. Even if you agree formally on something and your medical condition worsens, there may be ways to re-negotiate but it will be more difficult.
In case that, due to the accident you cannot move, a partner of All Accidents can meet you on the location you will indicate, at home or at a medical or rehabilitation facility.
Whatever the cause of the accident may be, resulting in injury or even in death, you can call today at +30 210 7212175 or at +30 6983 077459 for a professional advice. We operate on the principle of No Win, No Pay, so you do not undertake any commitment!
All Accidents will immediately begin investigating the circumstances surrounding your accident and build a strong base for the satisfaction of your claim.