Trucks and semi-trailers are faster and heavier than most cars on the road, and these factors make truck accidents especially dangerous. Even minor accidents with vehicles of this size can cause devastating injuries or death.
Late last month, a crash involving an SUV and a tractor-trailer resulted in two fatalities. The tragic accident occurred near the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge on State Route 2. Both of the drivers in the truck accident were pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the Ohio Highway Patrol, the driver of the sport utility vehicle crossed the center line and veered into the eastbound lane, causing the two to crash head-on.
After the head-on collision, a steel coil from the semi-trailer fell from the truck and hit the cab of the trailer. Both the truck and steel coil ended up in a ditch on the south side of the road. The impact caused the SUV to spin across the highway before coming to a stop on the shoulder of the road.
Authorities closed Route 2 for over four hours.
Immediate and efficient investigations are critical after truck accidents. Investigators are able to look at the truck driver's books and driving history. They can also examine the maintenance record of the truck and the vehicle upkeep.
These findings help determine any potential liability on the part of the truck driver or trucking company and help determine the possible compensation awarded to an injured party. Injuries may be of such a serious nature that the victim can no longer work. This impacts the victim's family as well. Compensation may be able to cover lost wages in addition to medical bills.
Source: Toledo Blade, "2 die in head-on crash near wildlife refuge," June 1, 2012