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Bus and Truck Accidents


When a bus or truck is involved in an accident, the consequences to the drivers and passengers could be devastating.  These types of vehicles have great mass and length and as a result need extra stopping distances and a greater turning radius. Drivers of buses and trucks must possess a special license and undergo DOT physical examinations by a certified doctor listed in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration registry on a bi-annual basis. They must also abide by Federal rules and regulations such as hours of service on the road for safety reasons. There are also other rules and regulations for the drivers, inspection procedures for the truck or bus, regulations for carrying Hazmat materials, drug and alcohol testing and many others. An investigation by an experienced attorney would be necessary to discover the actual cause or causes of the accident and to insure that the best medical care is received by the injured victim. At the Law Offices of John P. Zanelotti, P.C., we have the experience and resources to investigate the causes of these types of accidents and the ability to counsel clients with regard to the best medical care available.

If a passenger vehicle is also involved in a bus or truck accident, the injuries to the occupants could be catastrophic and require admission to a Level 1 or 2 trauma center with associated rehabilitation programs.  In Maryland the Trauma Centers are Johns Hopkins Hospital, Prince George's Hospital Center, Suburban Hospital, and Sinai Hospital. These types of hospitals have paved the way for the  treatment of the severely injured with trauma teams made up of different medical specialists. Rehabilitation programs associated with major hospital systems provide excellent resources for ongoing recovery. Even less serious injuries may require an ER admission and Orthopedic, Neurological or Neurosurgical evaluation along with physical therapy or chiropractic treatment. If any of the injured drivers or passengers were working for an employer at the time of the accident there are potential workers' compensation claims to be pursued in addition to third party claims against the negligent drivers and their insurance companies.

The complexity of discovering the exact cause(s) of bus and truck accidents and the necessity of finding excellent medical care, requires an experienced attorney who is capable of counseling the injured party and his or her family through the legal and medical issues that arise. We hope that you will chose this law firm as your legal guide.  With over 34 years practicing in the field of personal injury in Maryland, the Eastern Shore and the District of Columbia, we provide personal attention to your specific case.

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Injuries to a family member or loved one can be traumatic and result in the inability to work and provide for the family. Insurance companies have access to in house attorneys and the money to defend claim. The more serious the injury the more the insurance company will downplay the damages. Getting help early is the key to maximizing both your physical and monetary recovery.