Traveling the nation’s highways requires drivers to remain alert behind the wheel and implement all of their skills to ensure their safety and the safety of others. Unfortunately, not all accidents can be avoided, regardless of the skill of the drivers involved. Evidence of this is seen in the fact that truck accidents involving highly skilled, professional drivers are not an uncommon event on Ohio roadways. One recent incident that occurred in a most unexpected manner is further evidence.
Tons of steel and concrete lay strewn across the roadway when a Cincinnati overpass exit ramp that was under construction unexpectedly gave way and crashed onto the roadway beneath it. Various authorities, including some from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are currently investigating the accident. A 35-year-old worker lost his life under the massive onslaught of debris. Rescue workers were able to use special equipment in order to recover the body of the deceased.
One approaching truck driver was unable to stop in time and crashed into the debris just moments after the collapse. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries. An Ohio Department of Transportation spokesman said that damages are being assessed in order to determine possible liability.
Those who are injured in Ohio truck accidents are protected by law and have the right to consult a legal professional for the purpose of filing a personal injury claim. Many times, even minor injuries result in ongoing visits to a doctor and mounting medical bills. In addition, the emotional stress caused by an accident can often have a negative affect on the recovery process. Personal trauma, as well as physical injury, are often considered valid reasons for an injured person to seek compensation in a court of law.
Source: wistv.com, “Highway work to resume after deadly Ohio overpass accident”, Dan Sewell, Accessed on Jan. 28, 2015