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Truck driver’s actions questioned in tractor trailer collision

Every day, thousands of commercial vehicles travel along Ohio's road, highways and freeways. Often these large trucks are transporting loads of considerable weight and size. These factors often contribute to collisions involving commercial vehicles being more dangerous and serious in nature.

Members of a family who was moving from Pennsylvania to Ohio were recently involved in a serious crash with a tractor-trailer truck carrying fertilizer. The serious truck accident occurred as a man was driving a moving truck with his 10-year-old daughter in the passenger seat. For some reason, the man ended up slamming into the back of the tractor trailer which was stopping at a red light.

The force of the crash resulted in the moving truck essentially crumpling into the back of the large tractor trailer truck. First responders were forced to use the Jaws of Life to extract both occupants of the moving truck. The male driver suffered numerous injuries, but was expected to live. His 10-year-old daughter suffered life-threatening injuries and both were flown via helicopter to nearby medical facilities.

According to the police report, the driver of the tractor trailer claims he was preparing to stop at a red light when the moving truck crashed into the back of his truck. Another eyewitness, however, claims the truck sped up to get in front of the moving truck and then crisscrossed traffic lanes.

In serious accidents such as this one, individuals who sustain injuries require emergency medical attention as well as ongoing physical and medical treatment. A personal injury lawsuit may be an appropriate means for this family to recover compensation related to the injuries they suffered as well as help cover medical bills and lost wages.

Source: Times Leader, "Truck crash yields chaos on Ohio 7 in Martins Ferry," Kim North, Feb. 19, 2013

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