Accidents involving trucks or semi-trailers often result in injuries. Commercial trucks loaded with freight can weigh 80,000 pounds or more. This weight, combined with high speeds, makes truck accidents extremely dangerous.
Each trucking accident is different depending on the circumstances and the type of freight the trucks are carrying. However, in each incident, an early investigation is critical to determine the party or parties responsible for the crash. Luckily, a recent accident in Ohio involving two semi-trucks left no one injured.
According to the Ohio Highway Patrol, a truck was trying to turn left when it was rear-ended by another semi-truck earlier this month. The second vehicle veered off the road, and the trailer overturned after it detached from the front of the truck.
The second driver received a citation for assured clear distance.
Although no one was injured in this accident, not all victims of truck accidents are so lucky. In certain accidents where the truck driver is issued a citation, those injured may be able to use that fact to support a personal injury claim. If no citations are issued, an accident investigation can still be helpful in determining who or what caused the crash. Issues to search for include tired truck drivers, poor driver training or trucks that are too heavy and overloaded.
Any of these factors, or combinations thereof, may indicate negligence on the part of a truck driver. If the driver, or even the trucking company, is shown to have negligently caused the injuries, then victims may be able to recover compensation for any damages. Fair compensation may include money for physical and financial losses as well as emotional damages.
Source: Pomeroy Daily Sentinel, "Two semis involved in Monday crash," Sept. 18, 2012