BLACKLICK, Ohio—A semi-truck driver was killed in a two-vehicle collision with a passenger car at the 7700 block of East Broad Street in Franklin County. The accident occurred at approximately 11:56 a.m. on November 1, 2022.
According to initial reports, a 2017 Peterbilt truck was driving westbound on East Broad Street when it departed its lane and struck a 2015 Honda Civic. The Civic continued off the north side of the road while the semi-truck traveled west, ran off the road, and collided with a tree.
Two individuals in the Honda were transported to Mt. Carmel East Hospital for minor injuries. The semi-truck driver was pronounced dead at the crash scene around 12:01 p.m.
Local authorities are continuing to investigate the accident. No other details are currently available.
Those affected by this crash should have the opportunity to hold all wrongdoers responsible
It is saddening that this crash resulted in the death of a semi-truck driver. Far too often, we see the reverse: drivers and passengers in smaller cars suffer the fatal consequences of a collision with a semi. While a further investigation will reveal whether the truck driver was at fault or if something outside his control caused this crash, the victims of this accident should be entitled to all legal remedies available under the law. However, the truck driver should not be held responsible until it is determined that no other factors caused this crash.
The most likely cause of this crash is negligence on the part of the semi-truck driver. Semi-truck drivers must ensure they are driving safely to provide for the safety of others on the roadway. In the U.S., employers can also be held responsible for the actions of their employees. Thus, if the truck driver was negligent in driving, a trucking company that owns the truck at issue could be held liable, in part or in whole, for the pain and suffering of the victims’ families.
An alternative cause of this accident may be a mechanical issue with the truck. While this is a less likely cause of the accident, semi-trucks can sometimes depart their lane unexpectedly due to a mechanical failure. For instance, defective steering axles can cause semi-trucks to veer off-course suddenly, leading to tragic accidents. It is the responsibility of semi-truck manufacturers to build trucks that are capable of hauling materials long distances without suffering from sudden, life-threatening mechanical failures. Should further investigation into this accident reveal any form of mechanical defect that caused the truck to depart its lane, then the crash victims’ families, including that of the truck driver, may trace causation back to the semi-truck manufacturer and hold it responsible for the harm caused in the crash.
Regardless of whether this accident was caused solely by the truck driver or a manufacturer, it is essential that the victims’ families feel free to pursue justice for their loved ones in a court of law. Although bringing a claim against a company can seem intimidating, experienced personal injury attorneys can assist families in obtaining compensation to help them rebuild their lives after such a sudden loss.
We extend our condolences to the deceased’s family and hope the injured can make a full and speedy recovery.
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