Car accidents are terrifying. But there is something distinctly different about an accident involving a truck or semi-trailer. Trucks are generally heavier, carrying and transporting large loads. Add a high rate of speed and its no wonder that truck accidents can be so dangerous.
A scary scene including a tractor-trailer recently unfolded on I-75 near Dayton, Ohio. According to authorities, a woman was travelling southbound on the interstate. She tried to exit at the Edwin C. Moses Blvd. Exit. Unfortunately, a semi also tried to exit at the same time.
The two vehicles crashed into each other and threw the woman's car into the guardrail along the exit ramp. Even scarier is that the woman's young child was in the car. Both the mother and child were injured and transported to a nearby hospital. The child was fastened in a car seat. Luckily, authorities report that the injuries were not serious. The semi truck driver was unharmed.
The scope of the accident shut down the south travelling lane of traffic and the exit ramp was closed entirely.
An investigation into the accident is ongoing and police are still trying to determine fault. Drivers and passengers involved in accidents like this may want to consider hiring an attorney during the investigative process. Attorneys with experience in trucking accidents will know what to look for in an investigation and make sure that no stone goes unturned. In semi-trailer accident, there are additional factors to consider that aren't present in standard car accidents.
Investigators should look at the truck driver's log book and maintenance records for the truck. Past driving history should also be considered. Truck drivers spend long hours on the road and driver fatigue can certainly play a role in accidents. It is factors like these that may allow an injured party to recover against a negligent truck driver or trucking company.
Source: WDTN 2 News, "Jeep tangles with semi on Interstate 75," Feb. 28, 2013