When a motor vehicle crash results in serious injuries, determining who was at fault for the incident could play a considerable role. Authorities will likely investigate to determine whether charges are necessary, and an injured individual could have cause to file a civil claim. It was recently reported that an SUV accident in Ohio resulted in serious injuries for one individual.
Reports indicated that a semi-truck had been parked on the shoulder of Interstate 75 when the driver then attempted to merge back onto the roadway. The truck was traveling approximately 20 mph at the time, and as the truck was merging, it was hit by an SUV. Reportedly, the driver of the truck was a 28-year-old man, and the driver of the SUV was a 45-year-old woman.
The woman was transported from the scene by helicopter to be treated for injuries. It was noted that the injuries were not life threatening. It was not mentioned whether the truck driver suffered any injuries. Authorities are continuing to investigate the crash in order to determine whether the semi-truck had safety lights on at the time and how fast the SUV may have been traveling.
If it is determined that the truck did not have safety lights or that other issues on the part of the truck driver may have contributed to the Ohio accident, it is possible that individual may be considered at fault. If that is the outcome of the investigation, it is possible that the injured SUV driver may have cause to file a personal injury claim against that individual and other responsible parties, such as the owner of the big rig and/or the trucker’s employer. Information on taking such action after the SUV accident may help the individual seek compensation for medical bills and other damages.
Source: hometownstations.com, “1 Person Life Flighted in I-75 Crash Tuesday Morning“, Jenna Siffringer, Jan. 5, 2016