I extend my condolences to the family of the victim of yesterday’s fatal truck accident in Dayton, another family who has lost somebody in a truck accident. Yesterday (Monday, September 28) in Dayton, Ohio a tractor-trailer collapsed on top of a SUV, inflicting crushing injuries to the SUV’s driver who died on his way to Miami Valley Hospital after rescue workers extricated him from his vehicle at the scene. At this time, the victim’s name and age have not been released.
Preliminary reports indicate that the accident occurred when either the SUV or the big rig, described as a hydraulic auger used to dig the holes needed for utility poles, ran a red light at the intersection of Stanley Avenue and Webster Street.
I have experience handling this type of crash. In some cases, the truck driver will refuse to be held accountable and make excuses that it was the fault of the other vehicle, and while it is not clear which vehicle failed to stop before entering the intersection, professional truck drivers are trained to expect the unexpected. They are expected to be aware of all hazards and potential hazards on the road and to always have an “out” or escape route in mind. It is essential for motor carrier inspectors, police, and lawyers with accident reconstructionists to determine exactly what occurred and whether the driver was fatigued, on a cell phone, or otherwise distracted. It is also important to determine if mechanical defects, such as improperly adjusted brakes, played a role, especially given the initial information on this accident, which indicates that failure to stop was involved.
If you or someone you know needs legal advice about an accident with a semi-truck or other commercial vehicle, contact our Ohio truck accident attorneys for a free consultation.
Truck Accident Summary
Day: Monday, September 28, 2009
Type of Accident: Fatality Truck Crash
Location: Dayton, Ohio