Accidents involving commercial vehicles can be more dangerous than other crashes on the road. They can also involve more complicated legal issues.
Truck accidents can cause serious, extensive and costly damage to victims and their families. As a result, it is necessary for truck accident victims and their families to be familiar with the legal resources protecting them when they have been harmed in a truck accident.
Ohio residents who live near Amish farms and villages are familiar with horse-drawn buggies bearing the easily recognizable orange identifying triangle. The Amish usually prefer traveling in their horse-drawn buggies to driving automobiles, but their presence on rural roads poses a special traffic hazard.
When truck drivers lose control of their vehicles, the results are often catastrophic. Even at relatively slow speeds, other drivers often have little or no chance of avoiding a careening truck. A recent truck accident in Northern Ohio killed two people after the truck driver failed to obey a reduced speed limit.
Despite the fact that truck drivers are more careful on average than motorists, truck accidents are still a major problem on the roads of Hamilton County. Semitrailers are much bigger than passenger cars and trucks. In fact, a semitrailer can weigh 25 times as much as a passenger car, so the destruction can be much worse if an accident happens between these two kinds of vehicles.
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.
This time of year, extra trucks are on the road to deal with the ice and snow the Cincinnati area receives. There are plows, salt trucks, and private plows along with the usual semi-trucks that are common. Drivers have a lot of obstacles to deal with when they're out on our roadways and sometimes these obstacles can cause serious truck accidents.
With the winter season upon us, Cincinnati residents understand how winter weather can affect our roads. Snow and ice are common in the winter and plow trucks and salt trucks can be anywhere. Most of the time these trucks are able to safely share the road with the rest of us but occasionally a serious accident occurs.
In an accident involving an Ohio commercial truck, even when it was clearly the truck driver's fault, it may be more difficult than expected to determine liability. The capacity in which the driver was operating the truck will determine whether he, as an individual, or the company he was driving for is liable. For example, questions, like the following, must be answered: "Is he an owner-operator?"; "Is he an employee of the company?"; and "Is he driving for the company as an independent contractor?"
A commercial vehicle is owned by a company and operated by its employees or agents. It may be a truck used to haul goods, a van used to transport passengers or packages, or a car used by an employee while on the clock. These vehicles are often involved in crashes, with some being so severe fatalities are involved. An accident with a commercial vehicle is handled differently by insurance companies than one involving only personal vehicles.