When there are bad weather conditions, it can affect the roads and make driving more dangerous. Wet roads can contribute to all sorts of truck accidents, like the one that recently occurred in Ohio. Four people were injured when an armored car struck a dump truck in Newbury Township.
At about 11 a.m., a 25-year-old was driving an armored car east on a Newbury Township road. She apparently lost control of her vehicle, spun around and crossed the center line. She struck a dump truck traveling in the opposite direction. The truck was forced off of the road, and it spilled the load of gravel that it was carrying. The crash also caused the truck to leak diesel fuel.
The fuel caught fire, and two local business employees came to help extinguish the flames by use of a fire extinguisher. The 37-year-old dump truck driver along with his 24-year-old passenger had to be transported to an area hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The driver of the armored car along with her 35-year-old passenger also had to be transported to a hospital for treatment of injuries.
The Ohio Highway Patrol seems to suspect that the wet road was a significant contributor to the crash, but it is unclear if they suspect that other factors — such as distracted driving or driving while impaired — may have played a part in the truck accident as well. Regardless, the driver and passenger in the dump truck are likely entitled to file personal injury suits against the armored car driver for the injuries that they suffered. They may also be entitled to certain workers’ compensation benefits if they were both on-the-job at the time of the accident. Anyone else who is injured in similar truck accidents in our state may also be able to file legal action, and guidance is available for those who seek it.
Source: cleveland.com, “Three seriously injured in dump truck, armored car accident“, Ryllie Danylko, Sept. 30, 2014