While Ohio residents know the dangers of trucks on the road, they probably do not think that a large truck could be a danger to them when they are in their homes. However, these vehicles are increasingly placing people at risk no matter where they are. This goes beyond highways and well-traveled streets and into locations where trucks place more people at risk. Given the size of these vehicles and the issues that truckers often have using intoxicants, driving while distracted and committing other illegal and dangerous acts, truck accidents can cause major injuries, significant property damage and death. A legal filing is often needed to be compensated for all that was lost.
The risk of trucks in residential areas was exhibited when a semi-truck crashed into a home. The accident happened at approximately 4:00 a.m. The 29-year-old man inside the residence was trapped under the vehicle, injured and hospitalized. The driver of the truck was not injured in the crash. After investigating, law enforcement gave the driver citations for failing to control his vehicle and surpassing the legal number of hours he should have driven in one day.
The area in which the accident happened is known for its shortcut and way to bypass other roads. One local business owner says that his store was crashed into last autumn. He also says that the number of accidents in the area is rising in a worrisome way. According to the Sheriff's Office, the area had several accidents that were deemed serious over the past six months.
This crash exemplifies the dangers of these large trucks in many ways. The driver of the truck went beyond the daily limit truckers can spend on the road. These limits are in place to prevent drivers from operating their vehicles while tired or using substances to try and stay awake. It also shows the risks of trucks being in residential locations.
The size of these trucks and the speeds at which they travel can turn them into weapons. Smaller vehicles and pedestrians stand little chance when there is a truck accident. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident with a truck, you may wish to contact a legal professional to discuss your case as soon as possible.
Source: nbc4i.com, "Person injured after semi-truck crashes into Union Co. home," Courtney Yuen, Feb. 22, 2018