Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC
It is not uncommon for drivers in Ohio to see several semi-trucks on the highway during their daily morning commute. Semi-trucks are very large and heavy, which makes them more dangerous on the road if they are involved in an accident.
A recent fatal accident in Ohio is an example of the dangers of getting into an accident with a semi-truck. A woman was killed after being rear-ended by a semi-truck on an Ohio highway. The woman was following a tanker truck and began to slow down due to a lane closure in a construction zone. Unfortunately, the semi-truck following the woman failed to slow down in time and rear-ended her, causing her vehicle to be crushed between the two trucks.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is still investigating the accident, and they will review the “black boxes” in the vehicles involved in the crash to determine what exactly happened. The patrol’s initial investigation is saying that the semi-truck driver is responsible for the truck accident for not following at a safe distance and for rear-ending the vehicle.
Depending on the investigation, the semi-truck driver could face criminal charges for his role in the fatal accident. The truck driver and trucking company could also face a civil lawsuit from the victim’s family for causing the fatal accident.
This tragic accident highlights the dangers of getting into an accident with a semi-truck. Even if a large truck is traveling at slow speeds, rear-end collisions can still be deadly due to the size of the truck and if the victim’s vehicle hits another vehicle or object in front of them.
Truck drivers and companies need to be aware of the dangers they pose on the road due to their size. Accidents with large trucks can result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities for other drivers and passengers involved in these accidents so it is vital that truck drivers take steps to safely operate their vehicle at all times.
Source: Dayton Daily News, “Semi driver appears to be at fault in fatal crash, Highway Patrol says,” Steve Bennish, Feb. 14, 2014