A recent accident in Ohio involved two tractor-trailers and resulted in the death of one individual. Reports stated that before the tractor-trailers collided, the first truck had gone off the roadway and struck a guardrail. The collision apparently did not stop the truck, and it continued back onto the interstate. However, the truck did eventually become disabled and apparently stopped in the roadway.
After the first truck became disabled, it was hit by the second semi that was traveling the same direction. That collision caused the first truck to catch on fire. Both trucks were seriously damaged in the accident, and the first semi was considered totaled. As a result of the crash, the westbound lane of travel was closed for an extended period of time.
The crash resulted in the driver of the first truck suffering fatal injuries. He was reported as being 57 years old and from Alabama. The driver of the second truck was reported as being a 50-year-old man, and while he was also injured, he was treated and released from the hospital. It was not mentioned whether any charges may result from the fatal incident, but authorities will likely continue to investigate.
If it is determined that the driver of the second truck did not take the proper steps to avoid an accident or other similar factors are discovered, he could potentially be bear some responsibility for the crash between the tractor-trailers. Should that be the case, the deceased driver’s family may have cause to pursue compensation against that driver for resulting monetary damages. Information on filing a wrongful death claim in Ohio may help them determine whether filing a claim could be be appropriate for their circumstances.
Source: zanesvilletimesrecorder.com, “Alabama man dead after crash on Zanesville interstate“, Eric Lagatta, Nov. 19, 2015