Truck drivers are expected to exercise a higher standard of care when operating their commercial motor vehicles than other drivers on the road. This is due to the nature of the vehicles they are driving, and, often times, the nature of the loads they carry. Another reason truck drivers are held to a higher standard is that a truck accident can be devastating, not only for them, but also for the drivers and passengers in the vehicles they impact. No matter the severity of the impact on the lives of the truck driver, it is important that they are held accountable, if they are determined to be at fault.
An Ohio woman recently became the victim of a hit and run accident involving a semi. The accident occurred around noon. The minivan was traveling north along the highway when the vehicle was struck by a semi. The semi then kept moving and dragged the minivan onto the ramp to Route 15. The semi did not stop at any point.
Authorities are currently in search of the semi that caused this accident. The driver of the minivan was transported to the hospital to be treated for her injuries. She is currently listed in serious condition.
In a truck accident, also known as a semi accident, it is always important for the injured party to understand their rights. Due to the nature of interstate commerce regulations, as well as the additional legislation that applies to drivers of commercial motor vehicles, these cases can quickly become very complicated.
There are many more avenues that need to be analyzed and addressed in a truck accident than in an accident involving only passenger vehicles. With the proper research and trial strategy, the injured party will be able to receive the compensation they are entitled, and get their life back in order as quickly as possible.
Source: The Toledo Blade, "Sheriff's deputies still seeking information on accident where semi struck, dragged minivan," Feb. 20, 2013.