The commercial truck drivers that travel in and around Pottsville and throughout the rest of the U.S. no doubt feel a great sense of responsibility to protect other motorists from the dangers that their vehicles present. Yet one may wonder if they realize the potential risks that they face from other truckers. Given the time that these men and women spend around semi-trucks and tractor-trailers, they likely fell quite comfortable operating their own vehicles around other trucks, as well. However, if such confidence inadvertently leads them to avoid caution when driving around other commercial vehicles, the consequences could be devastating.
A recent crash involving two semi-trucks on an Ohio highway may serve to illustrate this point. The accident occurred when one of the trucks struck the other from behind. The driver of the vehicle that caused the accident is currently in critical condition at an area hospital after being extricated from the cab of his truck, which became separated from the rest of the vehicle during the collision. While the accident is still under investigation, it is being reported that the first truck was approaching the second traveling at a much greater speed. Yet rather than slow down or swerve, it simply collided with the trailer in front of it.
In cases such as this, it could certainly be said that the drivers responsible for such accidents should be well aware of the potential damage their actions could cause. That they didn’t exhibit such awareness could be viewed as negligence. The other drivers involved could potentially use this apparent negligence as a reason to seek compensation for their injuries as well as the wages lost during their recovery. The case for such compensation may be bolstered by the assistance of an attorney who has experience with such cases.
Source: The West Bend News “Semi-Truck Rear Ends Trailer on US 24” Oct. 29, 2015