Cincinnati area residents understand that there are a lot of trucks on our highways. The interstates have a constant stream of trucks from all over the country hauling goods. Ohio is a major hub for large trucks and drivers understand that they are everywhere. Most of the time cars can safely share the road with these large trucks, but there are still hundreds who are severely affected each year in a truck accident.
A truck accident is often a serious situation. A large truck can be 30 times the size of a car meaning that even a minor fender bender can lead to serious injuries. In 2017 there were 1,094 people who died on Ohio roads with 116 who died in a large truck related accident. These statistics are just those who died and do not include the hundreds who have been seriously injured in an accident.
There are many reasons why a truck accident can occur. Most of these reasons are preventable and include truck driver fatigue or a truck driver is distracted by something. A truck driver could also be speeding or under the influence or they may have too heavy of a load. These reasons among many others are preventable but can cause a serious accident.
If a family believes their loved one was injured in an accident due to no fault of their own they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in personal injury. An attorney can review the circumstance surrounding the accident. They can interview witnesses and review police reports to try and determine what happened. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages.