Certain factors in trucks accidents can make these accidents truly devastating. A recent truck accident near the Fairfield and Pickaway County line in Ohio left two people in critical condition. The incident occurred earlier this month when a minivan collided with a tree-trimming truck at the intersection of Ohio 188 and Ohio 674.
Witness accounts claim that the driver of the minivan, a 2000 Toyota Sienna, stopped at the intersection before pulling out in front of the truck. The truck accident is under investigation, but skid marks found at the scene indicate that the driver of the truck did try to stop to avoid impact.
Helicopters flew the driver of the minivan and his passenger to a local hospital. As of Friday evening, the driver was in critical condition and the passenger was in intensive care.
The factors that increase the risk of injury in truck accidents include the general size and weight of trucks. Trucks may often carry trailers or attachments that make the vehicle even heavier. The tree-trimming truck in this accident did have a basket attached to the back of the vehicle, but authorities did not say whether the driver was carrying anything in the basket.
Truck accidents often lead to serious injuries. A personal injury case may be necessary for truck accident victims to recover from their injuries.
Furthermore, a timely and efficient investigation of the accident is necessary to gather all the important facts. These facts determine whether there was any negligence on the part of the truck driver or trucking company. An injured victim may be able to recover compensation from a negligent party in order to cover medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Source: Lancaster Eagle Gazette, "2 in critical condition after truck, van collide," June 9, 2012