Sometimes drivers are just in the wrong place at the wrong time. No matter how carefully a person can drive, there is always the possibility that someone else on the road will cause an accident, injury or even worse.
A tragic set of circumstances recently caused the death of a 42-year-old Ohio driver. An earlier accident in Akron caused traffic to back up on Interstate 76 near Tallmadge. The Kent man was travelling westbound on the highway and when he slowed down because of the congestion ahead, a semi-truck hit him from behind. The accident occurred just before 8 a.m.
The Ohio driver was thrown from his car and pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The semi-truck driver was injured, though not seriously, and transported to a nearby hospital. No one else was hurt in the truck accident, but the crash did close one interstate ramp for a few hours.
The Tallmadge Police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol are looking into the semi-trailer accident. The truck driver was not initially facing any related charges.
As authorities investigate incidents like this the goal is to determine the cause of the accident and to discover whether any negligence or recklessness contributed to the crash. In trucking accidents, investigators may look for trucks that are overweight or improperly loaded, therefore making it hard to stop. Authorities can check drivers' log books to see if they are overworked, thereby causing them to fall asleep at the wheel. Regular maintenance on semi-trucks is also critical and should be recorded in the log books. If a truck's breaks fail, the trucking company may also be liable for any resulting injury or damage.
Source: Tallmadge Express, "Update: Kent man killed in I-76 accident this morning," Jeremy Nobile, Sept. 6, 2013