Some Texas readers may be familiar with a metal band called The Ghost Inside. Recently, the band was traveling through Texas on its way to perform a concert in another state. The concert and future performances had to be cancelled due to a tour bus vs. truck accident that injured 10 people and killed two others.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, as the tour bus headed westbound on U.S. Highway 62, it veered into the path of a tractor trailer. The two large and heavy vehicles collided head-on. The 31-year-old driver of the tour bus and the 64-year-old driver of the 18-wheeler perished in the crash.
The five members of the band and their five crew members all suffered serious injuries. Two band members and two of the crew members remained in critical condition at last report. The other six were considered to be stable at that time. It could be some time before the victims know whether they will suffer any permanent damage from their injuries.
Workers' compensation benefits may be available to some or all of the victims, but that does not mean that they may not file third-party claims against the estate of the driver deemed responsible for this tragic tour bus vs. truck accident, along with the bus company that employed him. If the driver's negligence is established through appropriate evidence, a Texas court may award damages to the victims who file claims, including the surviving family of the deceased truck driver. Any restitution awarded could help supplement any workers' compensation benefits received.
Source: kfoxtv.com, "UPDATE: Two killed, 10 injured in head-on crash involving semi, metal band's tour bus", Jessica Gonzalez and Jesse Martinez, Nov. 19, 2015