Truck Accident Weekly Roundup: December 7 – December 13

It takes a little fire in the belly to fight with truck companies and insurance companies day in and day out. I get personally offended when, for example, an insurance company offers a pittance when one of their insured’s vehicles crosses a centerline and kills somebody’s mother. But being passionate alone is not enough. The best way to beat the truck companies is old-fashioned hard work. Please feel free to contact me at michael@leizerman.com or call me at 1-800-628-4500.

TheSpectrum.com reports that a nine-month-old girl died and three other children were injured when a garbage truck rolled onto a charter school van in Cedar City, Utah. The van driver also suffered multiple trauma injuries in the truck wreck. A police spokesman said one of the vehicles may have run a red light. A blood sample was taken from the garbage truck driver, who was not seriously injured. This fatal truck accident happened at 12:35 p.m. on Monday, December 6, at the intersection of Minersville Highway and 3000 North.

DNAinfo.com reports that a 21-year-old man was hit and killed by a dump truck while crossing Madison Avenue at 81st Street in New York City, New York. The community college student was in the crosswalk, headed to his morning job at a bakery, when he was struck by the truck, owned by a Brooklyn-based carting company. Police said the driver dragged the body 30 feet before stopping; he was not expected to be charged but may be issued a summons. This fatal truck accident happened at 6:06 a.m. on Tuesday, December 7.

Lex18.com reports that a tractor-trailer rear-ended a pickup truck on the Bluegrass Parkway in Lexington, Kentucky, injuring three people in the pickup. Both the 18-wheeler and the pickup were traveling westbound when the semi struck the pickup. The big-rig driver, who was not injured, then crossed the median into eastbound lanes but did not hit any other vehicles. This truck accident happened near the Versailles exit at around 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, December 9.

Goerie.com reports that a dump truck driver hit an SUV, injuring the elderly driver and passenger, then crashed into a hair salon in the 9500 block of Peach Street in Erie, Pennsylvania. The driver lost control of the truck, owned by an excavation company, while downshifting as he headed toward a stopped vehicle in the southbound lane. He then crossed into oncoming traffic. The SUV’s occupants were treated at a hospital and later released; the hair salon was not open for business at the time. The truck driver was not injured. Police said charges are pending in this truck accident, which happened on Thursday, December 9, at around 9:30 a.m.

WTOP.com reports that a child was injured when a contractor’s truck crashed into a school bus carrying elementary school students near Emmitsburg, Maryland. A spokesman for the school district said the wreck occurred when a ladder attached to the top of the truck broke off and smashed into the rear emergency exit of the bus. This truck accident happened at the intersection of Main Street and Creamery Road on Thursday, December 9, at 3:35 p.m.

WNDU.com reports that a big-rig driver faces criminal recklessness charges after he caused a fatal accident in Indianapolis, Indiana. Police said the 18-wheeler ran a red light and hit a van, killing the driver instantly. Two passengers, who had to be extricated from the vehicle, were hospitalized. The semi driver refused to take a breathalyzer at the scene of the truck wreck and was arrested. This fatal truck accident happened at the intersection of 236th Street and US 31, north of Indianapolis, on the morning of Friday, December 10.

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