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UPDATE: Jacqueline Esteban Injured in Tractor-Trailer Accident in Ben Hill County, Georgia


BEN HILL COUNTY, GA — Jacqueline Esteban was taken to the hospital after an accident between a school bus and a tractor-trailer in Ben Hill County, Georgia on Monday, March 23rd, 2015. News out of the Carolinas said that the accident happened sometime Monday afternoon.

10-year-old Jacqueline Esteban was hurt when the school bus she was a passenger on was struck by a tractor-trailer while stopped on Highway 129. When the school bus stopped to unload students, the tractor-trailer struck the bus from the rear before continuing off the roadway.

Esteban was taken to the hospital with a number of unspecified injuries.

The investigation into the accident is being assisted by the Georgia State Police.

Scene of the Accident

View of the Road

Commentary:

I’ve seen reports say that JB Hunt has offered to take care of the medical bills for the victims in this accident, but this is quite literally “Truck Accident Tactic 101”. First of all, medical expenses aren’t the only thing lost in an accident. Students miss school, parents miss work staying home with their children, pain and suffering are all left on the wayside, leaving a trucking company looking saintly, but in reality they are doing all they can to save themselves and look good in the news.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had families walk into my office after accepting an offer like this only to be told that there is nothing that can be done for them after they realized they’d lost more than what the trucking company elected to pay for. It may seem like the right thing for the company to do, but once you look a little closer, and really total up what was lost in an accident like this, you begin to see how low-balling from the get-go saves the trucking company quite a bit on the bottom line when they report to shareholders.

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