Pickup trucks are large, heavy vehicles compared to the standard car. But pickup trucks are still no match against semi-trucks and other large-scale commercial vehicles. This was made abundantly clear after a recent morning truck accident.
Only two vehicles were involved in the crash: a Ford F-150 and a semi-truck. Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to the accident and reported on the incident. According to responding troopers, the semi-truck hit the pickup on the passenger side. The vehicles were travelling on Route 20 in Ohio at the time.
Not only was the pickup truck terribly damaged but the driver of the vehicle suffered critical injuries. That young woman was taken to a nearby hospital. At that point, a medical helicopter flew her to another hospital in Cleveland. The semi-truck driver was also injured, although not as seriously, and he was taken to a nearby hospital as well.
Luckily for those involved in the semi-trailer accident, the local Carlisle Township Fire Department just happened to be close to the scene tending to another accident. The fire department crew actually witnessed the crash. Their close proximity allowed them to respond quickly and offer assistance.
The extensive damage that results from truck accidents can create surmounting medical bills for victims and their families. Truck drivers and trucking companies may be responsible for paying those bills if it can be shown they acted negligently in causing the crash. Victims may want to talk with an attorney in order to determine whether or not there is a case to establish liability on behalf of the driver or trucking company.
Source: The Chronicle-Telegram, "Route 20 traffic backed up after pickup truck, semi crash," Feb. 25, 2014