It's no secret that trucks can be dangerous on the road. We know the dangers of truck accidents because of a truck's heavy weight and frequently high speeds. Truck drivers also spend long hours behind the wheel and driver fatigue plays a role in many accidents. But complications and dangers with truck accidents are often heightened because of what the truck is carrying.
Depending on what a truck is transporting, spilled cargo from an accident can increase the chance of injury and can hamper clean up efforts. A semi-truck recently overturned in Ohio on Interstate 275. The truck was carrying harmless bottle caps but had to be righted using large airbags. The entire process can take up to four hours but sometimes the truck must be unloaded first, thus lengthening the process.
Another truck driving on Interstate 71 was transporting honey when it was involved in an accident. Again, the honey was fairly harmless but it seriously hampered clean-up efforts. Honey spilled from the truck and closed both lanes of traffic. The accident occurred at 5 p.m. and the lanes remained closed the next morning during rush hour traffic. Drivers had to be re-routed.
It appears these were both single-truck accidents, and only the driver in the first crash suffered minor injuries. But the situations paint a good picture of how one overturned truck can cause expansive damage and wreak havoc on the roads, affecting many commuters. Of course, should a driver be unlucky enough to get caught in a similar truck accident, it is important to note that options may be available to recover compensation for any injury or damage that occurs.
Source: Eagle Country Online, "Ramp Reopens After Semi Overturns," Jan. 16, 2013