Use of tractor-trailers is one of the main ways that goods are shipped into the United States. However, these massive trucks are not always built to be driven on the snow-covered roads of the northern states, and accidents can sometimes occur if they are driven without the necessary caution. Unfortunately, one accident that may have been caused by unsecured cargo killed two people in Ohio.
The accident occurred on the morning of Jan. 24 and involved five motor vehicles. The incident took place after the trailer that a semi-truck was pulling came unhooked and slid into the opposing lane. A truck then struck the trailer, hit a guardrail, collided with another vehicle and finally came to rest. Meanwhile, a different truck hit the trailer and was then struck in the back by another vehicle.
The drivers of the two trucks were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. One of the other drivers who was involved was transported to the hospital, treated and released. The driver of the semi and the other driver were not hurt. The accident is still under investigation by Ohio police.
Once the investigation of the accident is completed, the families of the deceased victims may have the right to seek monetary compensation if the accident was caused by unsecured cargo. Many times compensation is awarded to those who are impacted, whether it is an injured victim or the family of a victim who is killed. In this situation, compensation could be used by the family to pay for the victim’s final expenses. It could also help relieve some of the stress that is often put on the family after an incident like this.
Source: fox19.com, Update: Police ID two drivers killed in U.S. 50 crash, No author, Jan. 24, 2014