Trucks add another level of complexity and seriousness to what may otherwise be a minor accident. Trucks have both size and weight on their side and they can cause devastating injuries in accidents. Compared to the average driver, trucks carry added risks such as tired drivers, under-trained drivers and overloaded or unbalanced loads, to name a few. All of these added risks can lead to tragic results during a semi-trailer accident.
A recent truck accident between a truck and a car left one person dead. The accident occurred around 2 p.m. in Middletown, Ohio. A westbound steel truck turned left at an intersection near the AK steel plant and subsequently crashed into a car headed east.
The driver of the car died at the scene of the accident. The police cited the uninjured truck driver with failure to yield while turning left.
This incident is an unfortunate example of the potentially deadly nature of truck accidents. In these situations, it is important to follow-up quickly with a thorough investigation to look at the driver's history, log book, and the truck maintenance records. Any one of these factors may indicate liability on the part of the driver. Especially telling in this case is the driver's citation for failure to yield.
Injuries and deaths from truck accidents affect the entire family in countless ways. Lost wages combined with medical bills can destroy a family's financial stability. And that does not even take into account the pain and suffering caused by such an accident.
Assessing liability is critical to families seeking compensation for their losses after a truck accident, but truck accidents tend to be less cut and dry than most car accident cases and may require an attorney's guidance.
Source: Fox 19, "Police in OH say 1 dead in car-semitrailer crash," April 23, 2012