When vehicles of different sizes and weights share the roads together, the drivers need to be exceptionally careful. Speed, road conditions and more can all figure into collisions. However, the key factor in truck accidents is often that one vehicle or another was out of place. That could mean veering into the wrong lane, or as in a recent Tennessee case, being partly on the shoulder of the road and partly in a passing lane.
When this situation happened on Interstate 74 near Oakwood, Tennessee, it was a Ford car that was partly on the shoulder and partly in the lane. The car driver, 28, had placed it there, possibly not realizing that it was partly in the lane, after he had engine trouble. He was out of his car at the time of the collision.
The driver of a semi-truck, 37, was driving in the lane that the car was partly in. He didn’t expect it and didn’t see it until it was too late. As a result, his truck hit the car, striking its rear bumper.nThat affected the truck, with the force of the impact sending it through the median.
It then tipped over on the driver’s side. The truck driver, 37, was pinned in. He had to be cut out. He is now being listed as being in good condition at Urbana’s Carle Foundation Hospital, where he was taken for medical attention after the crash. According to police, the concrete barrier and the guardrail median wire were both damaged, as was the truck.
This Tennessee truck accident is currently under investigation. The driver of the car may face legal ramifications if determined to be responsible. The truck driver may be able to seek compensation for a variety of civil claims, including lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages.
Source: News-Gazette, “Tennessee man injured in I-74 truck-car crash” Mary Schenk, Mar. 13, 2014