In Ohio, large trucks are a constant on the roads. Simultaneously, it is necessary for workers to perform various maintenance and repair work on roads to ensure those roads are safe. The combination of these two factors can lead to injury and death when there is a semi-truck crash involving a roadside worker. While most truckers respect workers and their safety, some truckers will speed through construction zones and put workers at risk.
A 24-year-old construction worker was killed when she was hit by a truck. The female worker was on the side of the road doing guardrail maintenance at around 9 a.m. According to the law enforcement investigation, a 2004 Kenworth truck was hauling its trailer with food items. The driver is believed to have run over orange cones indicating there was road work ahead. It then hit the woman. When emergency personnel arrived, she was declared dead at the site of the crash. The driver did not stop. The trailer was found in a warehouse and authorities have identified the driver. The investigation is continuing.
Large trucks are intimidating for a reason. They are traveling great distances at high rates of speed. Often drivers might be distracted or drunk, go beyond the allowable number of hours they can legally be on the road consecutively, or commit any other number of violations. When there is a crash involving a large truck, those in smaller vehicles or people who are not in a vehicle at all will generally get the worst of it. There can be injuries that require long hospitalizations with massive medical expenses and the inability to return to life as normal. In a worst-case scenario, people can die.
When there is a truck accident, those who are injured or lost a loved one will want to determine if they have the right to seek compensation for the damages they suffered. If a truck driver negligently causes an accident that injures or kills another person, it is important that the truck driver is held accountable. An attorney experienced in truck accident cases may be a useful resource in such situations.