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Semi-trailer truck rear-ends Mazda, truck driver blames sun

Traffic accidents often happen in the blink of an eye, and both witnesses and victims have difficulty remembering what happened. It sometimes also seems that people who perceive themselves as at-fault for the accident can create excuses in a similar split second. In a truck accident southeast of Cleveland, the driver of a semi-trailer truck was quick to blame natural conditions after he rear-ended a Mazda sedan and seriously injured its occupants.

The Mazda was heading south on State Route 83 when it slowed and then stopped before making a left turn. The semi was following close behind and failed to stop for the Mazda. The semi pushed the Mazda off the road, and both vehicles slid into a metal shed. The Central Fire Department responded to accident. The passenger in the Mazda was transported to Wayne County Airport and then by air to Akron City Hospital. The driver was taken to Wooster Community Hospital in a squad car.

The driver of the semi was not injured. When police interviewed him, however, he said that the sun was in his eyes and that he could not see the Mazda. The driver's recollection of the incident may or may not be accurate, but his account does not shield him from being found liable for the accident. An experienced truck driver is required to take precautions whenever his vision or view of the road is obstructed. In this case, the driver of the semi should have either slowed significantly or even stopped to put on sunglasses or to realign the truck's windshield visors to prevent the sun from blinding him.

Anyone who has suffered an injury or who has lost a loved one in a similar accident may want to get more information about personal injury legal options to attempt to recover damages for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.

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