Truck Accident Weekly Roundup: September 20 – September 26

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.

The Lancaster Eagle Gazette reports a semi truck accident that occurred on Wednesday, September 21 around 9:35am in Lancaster, Ohio. Authorities stated that a semi truck driver ran through a Mill Park Drive stop sign and hit a company van on eastbound Ohio 188. The van came to a rest in a ditch after the accident, and its driver was reportedly unconscious. He was transported to Fairfield Medical Center for treatment. Both vehicles were towed after the collision.

Fox 59 reports a semi truck accident that occurred just prior to midnight on Wednesday, September 21 in Indianapolis, Indiana. According to representatives of the Indiana State Police, occupants of a Pontiac car and a Ford pickup were assessing a flat tire on the shoulder of Interstate 465. Shortly thereafter, a Freightliner tractor entered the shoulder near the I-74 interchange and struck the pickup truck, the truck’s trailer, and its driver. Two people were hurt from accident debris. One person suffered a broken leg and a passenger of the pickup truck was killed. The semi truck driver was cited for deficient air brakes and not maintaining a logbook. The semi was placed out of service after the accident.

The News Tribune reports a tow truck accident that occurred on Wednesday, September 21 in Benton City, Washington around 10:15am. According to state troopers, the driver of a 2002 International tow truck rear-ended a 2004 Ford Crown Victoria. The Ford was a pilot car alerting drivers to an oversized semi truck load on Interstate 82. The force of the impact pushed the car under the semi truck’s trailer, igniting a fire. Witnesses at the scene of the accident were unable to help the driver out of the car and he was killed by the flames.

ABC News 4 reports a tractor-trailer accident that occurred on Friday, September 23 in the Charleston County city of North Charleston, South Carolina around 2:00pm. Representatives of the county coroner’s office stated that a 50 year-old man was killed after his vehicle was lodged underneath a semi truck. According to police, the tractor-trailer driver turned onto Rivers Avenue from Beaufort Street and did not see an oncoming car. The victim was taken to MUSC hospital where he died.

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