Motor vehicles accidents are never pretty. But when it comes to truck accidents, the truck factor may add another level of complexity to the matter. Injured parties may be dealing with truck companies or independent contractors as drivers. The very nature of the truck- driving industry creates risks that aren't necessarily present with drivers in general.
Last Monday, two people were hurt in a truck accident in Ohio. An ambulance stopped on the highway so as not to hit a dog on the road. The semi truck following behind didn't stop in time and crashed into the ambulance.
The accident occurred on Route 50 in Coolville. The drivers of the ambulance and semi truck were not injured. But both the patient inside the ambulance and an ambulance aid were transported for treatment.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol said that witnesses spotted a dog running across the road and that a man was out trying to catch the animal. This scene caused the ambulance to stop on a bridge and the semi truck to hit the ambulance. One lane of the road was closed for an hour while authorities inspected the scene.
Although the lost dog may have inspired the ambulance to stop, other factors might have played a role in the accident. Common factors that lead to truck and semi trailer accidents include tired drivers and inattentive or distracted drivers. Sometimes trailers are overloaded or improperly loaded in such a way that makes it difficult to stop in time. If the size or speed of the truck led to crash with the ambulance, those suffering any injury in the accident may be able to recover money for their damages.
Source: Athens Ohio Today, "Two injured in accident involving ambulance and semi truck," Joe Higgins, Nov. 19, 2012