Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC
Any crash between a truck and a smaller vehicle is likely to result in injuries — at least for the occupants of the smaller vehicle. In fact, anyone who has survived a truck accident is lucky to be alive. Given the immense size difference between a truck and, say, a mid-sized sedan, there is a fairly high chance of fatality occurring. And for those who suffer injuries, these can often prove to be severe. In both cases, whether there are injuries or fatalities involved, victims and their families have legal options to consider.
A recent crash between a box truck and an SUV sent one woman to the hospital, according to reports. On a Thursday afternoon, a 33-year-old man driving a box truck hit an SUV driven by a 48-year-old woman. The woman had to be extracted from her vehicle after the crash and she was then flown to a nearby hospital. She received treatment for injuries. The driver of the box car had been charged with aggravated vehicular assault.
Truck accidents may occur for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the truck driver has been driving for too long with too little rest. There are federal trucking regulations that forbid such practices — truck drivers are only allowed to drive for a limited amount of time before resting so as to prevent driver fatigue. Other times, too, a truck driver may maneuver illegally — perhaps jackknifing or illegally turning — which may cause an accident to occur.
When truck drivers violate certain federal trucking regulations or are otherwise negligent, they may be held liable for the damages in an accident. As such, victims may be able to pursue compensation from the trucker at fault, which can be used to help pay for medical expenses and other costs associated with the crash.
Source: WSAZ, “Woman Sent to Hospital after Crash on US 23, Man Charged,” March 7, 2014