Ambulance (file / credit: clipart.com)Bear, DE- The driver of a tractor-trailer that collided with a University of Delaware bus and injured 40 passengers has been cited for traffic violations.

The accident took place around 10 p.m. Thursday night in Bear, Delaware.

As the chartered bus carrying 40 women from the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority, was making a left turn off of Summit Bridge Road onto Howell School Road it was struck by a northbound tractor-trailer. The impact of the collision caused the bus to overturn.

At least nine of the passengers were taken to a local hospital for minor injuries. Two were admitted but their injuries were not life-threatening, according to Action News 6. The other passengers were taken to local hospitals

Police confirmed that there were 40 passengers on board ranging in ages 18-22. The bus was carrying the sorority members to a social mixer at Aqua Sol nightclub bystanders to Action News 6.

In a statement to emergency personnel at the scene, bus driver, John Faverio, 56, said that he was southbound on Del. 896 and was turning onto Howell School Road when the back of the bus was clipped by the tractor-trailer. He told authorities the bus spun around and overturned.

According to police, the driver of the tractor-trailer 26 year-old, Roberto Figueroa-Gomez of Miami, was charged with failing to stop at a red light.

Neither the truck drive nor the bus driver was injured.

This truck driver is fortunate that no one was killed or seriously injured since commercial truck accidents tend to be more deadly and injurious. Data from the American Trucking Association shows 1 percent of truck accidents result in a fatality compared to .05 percent of passenger vehicle accidents.

Another collision from earlier this week in Central Pennsylvania between a Greyhound Bus and a tractor-trailer, resulted in the death of one woman and critical injuries to at least 17 passengers. Although the investigation into this accident has not been concluded, statements from the truck driver indicate the bus driver might have been responsible for this accident.

The Delaware accident, however, appears to be solely the fault of the truck driver since he failed to stop for the traffic light. He could be potentially liable for all of the injuries resulting from his careless actions.

Even if a truck accident victim only suffers minor injuries or non-life threatening injuries, they can easily rack up thousands of dollars in medical bills. If they suffer more severe injuries, their medical bills could be tens of thousands of dollars. Regardless, of the cost of their medical care, truck accident victims shouldn’t be expected to cover those costs out of their own pockets or against their insurance policies. Instead, they should hire a truck accident attorney to pursue the negligent driver for their accident-related costs.

Not only does a truck accident attorney know the true value of an individual’s injuries, but they also have the skills and resources to fight for an optimal settlement on behalf of their clients.