The many trucks on Ohio roads remain a major concern to motorists. Fully loaded, large trucks pose enormous hazards, especially when the truck drivers are tired or distracted. Occupants of passenger vehicles often suffer catastrophic injuries and even fatalities in truck accidents, and a moment’s distraction can have devastating consequences.
A 23-year-old man was recently airlifted to a hospital after he suffered severe injuries in a truck accident. Police reports state that the accident occurred on State Route 598 just before midday on a recent Monday. While the accident is still under investigation, initial reports indicated that a northbound dump truck went off the tarmac on the right. The driver overcorrected and swerved across the center line into the lanes of southbound traffic.
An approaching driver was unable to avoid the truck, and a head-on collision followed. The driver of the car suffered severe injuries, and the 48-year-old driver of the dump truck was not seriously injured. He was taken to a local hospital by road to receive treatment for minor injuries. Upon completion of the investigation, the reason for the dump truck driver’s actions may become apparent.
Residents of Ohio who have suffered injuries in truck accidents that were caused by the negligence of another party may choose to pursue recovery of medical expenses and other damages. They retain the right to file a personal injury claim against the alleged negligent truck driver, along with his employer and/or any third party who may own the truck. With accurately documented evidence of the negligence, and successful presentation of the claim in a civil court, the victim may be awarded compensation for medical expenses. In addition, the court may award any additional damages that are allowed by state laws.
Source: nbc4i.com, “2 Injured In Head-On Dump Truck, Car Crash In Crawford County“, Denise Yost, Sept. 29, 2014