A head-on collision between a tractor-trailer ore truck and a bus carrying gold mine workers resulted in two fatalities and dozens of serious injuries on August 24th in Carlin, NV. One of the deceased has been identified as the 29-year-old male truck driver, and the other a 62-year-old male bus passenger. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
At approximately 6:35 a.m., the tractor-trailer was travelling South on Nevada 766. Upon going around a curve, it struck a Coach USA mine bus head-on. The bus was either carrying 20 workers to begin their shifts at Nevada Gold Mines, or transporting those who had just completed a shift. In addition to the two fatalities, it was reported that more than 12 others were injured, with at least five in critical condition. The mines and processing facilities are a joint venture between Barrick Gold Corp., Nevada Gold Mines’, and Newmont Goldcorp. Corp.
In an accident of this magnitude between two commercial vehicles, substantial damages are likely to be awarded in a lawsuit. They may include medical bills, lost wages, loss of future earnings, pain and suffering, wrongful death damages, and punitive damages. Once fault is determined, both the individual driver as well as the employer may be held liable, depending on the circumstances.
It is of utmost importance that an attorney experienced in truck accidents be contacted immediately. Important evidence must be secured as soon as possible after such an accident before it can be either intentionally or inadvertently destroyed. Immediate action is crucial. In addition, we highly suggest that claim discussion and negotiations with an insurance company are left to legal counsel. Never sign an insurance release without expert advice.