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Truck & Bus Accidents - Know Your Rights and Compensation Options

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Truck and bus accidents are far too common on today's congested 
roadways. Whatever the cause of the accident the insurance 
companies will likely try to make a quick and cheap offer to 
you, in the hopes that you will accept it without giving it 
further thought.

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Truck & Bus Accidents - Know Your Rights and Compensation Options
Copyright © 2006 Landon Prescott
Michael H. Silvers, A Law Corporation

Truck and bus accidents are far too common on today's congested 
roadways. Professional truck drivers and bus drivers are usually 
required to posses a commercial drivers license (CDL). Even 
though they have this special license, truck and bus drivers can 
still have accidents. If you find yourself as the victim of an 
accident caused by a truck or bus you need to watch out for your 
best interest. 

Commercial insurance companies typically insure these 
professional drivers. These commercial insurance companies 
generally provide higher coverage rates than the automobile 
insurance that you or I may purchase as an individual 
policyholder. Commercial insurance companies are in the business 
of either not paying out claims or paying out the minimum amount. 

Accidents caused by trucks and busses are more and more common as 
drivers are forced to work more and more hours. This results in 
having many fatigued drivers on the road whose awareness is not 
always what it should be. There is also the issue of the drivers 
being required to adhere to strict schedules and this results in 
the driver being in a hurry and often speeding. Whatever the 
cause of the accident the insurance companies will likely try to 
make a quick and cheap offer to you because they know that if you 
get a lawyer you will be able to recoup more financial 

If you are a passenger on a bus that is involved in an accident 
you have rights. The insurance companies have no incentive to 
make you aware of all the rights that you are entitled to. A 
qualified and competent lawyer can help get you what you deserve 
as the passenger of a bus accident. 

There are very specific laws implemented by both state and 
federal authorities regarding commercial drivers. Tractor-trailer 
drivers are required to keep logs of how long they have been 
driving and are not allowed to drive for more than a certain 
number of hours at a time. Truck and bus drivers are also 
required to do thorough inspections on their vehicles on a 
regular basis. At times, drivers will overlook their inspections 
and tractor-trailer drivers have been known to carry falsified 
logs in order to meet their delivery deadlines. 

As the victim in a truck or bus accident you not only have to 
fight the insurance company, but also you have to fight with the 
driver's employer. The employer does not want their driver to be 
proven at fault in the accident, because that will dramatically 
increase their insurance rates for all of their drivers. These 
employers know this and will do anything that they can to keep 
from paying you the compensation that you deserve. 

You need a lawyer on your side, because you can be sure that the 
employer and the employer's insurance company will have a lawyer 
working for them. A lawyer can help you sift through the mountain 
of paperwork that may be thrown at you in case of an accident. A 
lawyer will also be aware of the specific laws that apply to 
truck and bus drivers and how those laws can work to your 
advantage in an accident. A qualified lawyer will make sure that 
you receive the appropriate compensation for medical bills, 
automobile damages, and lost time from work among other things. A 
good lawyer can also employ experts and accident reconstruction 
technology to show a jury how the accident took place. A lawyer 
will use all of the tools at his or her disposal to make sure you 
win your case and often times are able to settle out of court, 
while still getting your the best compensation package in your 
accident case.

Landon Prescott writes on topics related to insurance and health.
Michael H. Silvers, A Law Corporation has offices in <a 
href=>Los Angeles,
California. Car Accident Attorneys</a> with the kind of experience
you will need if you are in a traffic accident are hard to find. 
The law offices of Michael H. Silvers have handled over 10,000 
accident cases, in the State of California, with a success rate 
of 98.6%.



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