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Violent Big Rig Crash Kills Three and Injuries 17 Others

In terms of spectacular accidents, this one would be right up there. It involved two school buses and a big rig.

It was a relatively ordinary day, and the school kids on the two buses were coming back from a function they had attended at a local university. The 60 students and their two teachers did not see the accident coming, as it happened without warning.

An 18-wheeler seemingly appeared out of nowhere and sideswiped the first bus, then rammed head-on into the second bus. The debris was all over the highway and EMS crews struggled to get at least 17 students to area hospitals any way they could. Fortunately, at first blush, the students’ injuries didn’t seem to be too serious, but time would tell. Unfortunately, the two teachers and the trucker were killed on impact.

The police reports indicated that they did not know what happened to cause the semi to crash into the two school buses, but they are investigating more to find answers. They want to check the driver’s log books, the on-board computer, whether or not his cell phone was in use at the time of the accident and whether or not he was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

While this particular accident is unique to its locale and in its circumstances, all across the nation, similar accidents happen nearly every day. When a big rig goes out of control, the results are never pretty. Often they are fatal and if by some miracle they are not, the injuries sustained by the victims are so catastrophic that they will never again been the same people they were prior to the accident.

Anyone who has survived a big rig collision and walked away to tell the tale is uncommonly lucky from the standpoint of being alive. Others feel they would rather have died in the crash than to live they way the have to live now because of their debilitating injuries. This is where a skilled and compassionate Austin personal injury lawyer is needed to pick up the pieces and move forward to court and to justice.

Severely injured victims need the skills an Austin personal injury lawyer brings to the table to help them secure a high enough damage award to be able to pay for their ongoing medical care for the rest of their lives. By the time they get to court, they will have also racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills, therapy, medications, etc. Very simply, they need the jury verdict to help pay for the financial carnage their lives are in, as a result of their accident.

Brooks Schuelke is an Austin personal injury attorney with Perlmutter & Schuelke PLLC. Contact an Austin injury lawyer at or (512) 476-4944.

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