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Michael Wright died after a collision with a semi-truck on State Route 31 near Marysville

MARYSVILLE, Ohio—Michael Wright, 60, passed away on September 20, 2022, after a semi-truck struck his pickup truck on State Route 31 around 12:45 p.m.

Initial reports state that Wright was headed southbound on State Route 31 when a northbound semi-truck hauling an empty trailer veered left and out of its lane, striking Wright's vehicle.

Emergency crews found Wright stuck inside his pickup when they responded to the scene. Wright was pulled from the vehicle and immediately flown to Wexner Medical Center in critical condition.

Wright passed away later that evening, around 9:30 p.m. The semi-truck driver was also seriously injured and is currently in stable condition at Riverside Hospital.

Investigation into the crash is ongoing. There have been no further details released.

Wright's family deserves answers as to why the semi-truck departed its lane

Although authorities are still investigating the wreck, this crash shows apparent negligence on the part of the semi-truck driver. Drivers of large trucks must act vigilantly to avoid accidents and maintain their lanes on busy roadways. Since the semi-truck driver went into oncoming traffic, Wright's family will likely be able to recover in a personal injury lawsuit against the truck driver and, quite possibly, the truck driver's employer.

Personal injury law provides injured persons or families of victims with financial compensation for sometimes irreparable harm. Pain caused by the untimely death of a loved one can never be fully healed in court, but it is unfair for families to move on without a way to rebuild a life after a family member passes away in a tragic car accident. Parties responsible for the victim's injuries should be held accountable for paying costs associated with the damage or loss. Therefore, it is necessary to correctly identify all responsible parties to the action.

The truck driver's negligence was the most likely cause of Wright's death. While all drivers must be aware of their surroundings while driving, semi-truck drivers must be especially aware of other motorists, hazards on the roadway, and their need for increased stopping time due to the size of their vehicle. Here, it appears the semi-truck driver was distracted or otherwise incapable of reacting to the truck veering into oncoming traffic. A failure to maintain one's course of travel constitutes negligence, and Wright's family could likely succeed in a claim against the truck driver for Wright's passing.

The trucking company may also be liable for Wright's death because trucking companies are accountable for their drivers' actions or inactions while on the job. To that end, commercial trucking companies must ensure that their drivers are experienced and adequately educated on the dangers of distracted driving. Suppose the trucking company at issue failed to prioritize safety and did not educate its drivers on the importance of avoiding crashes. In that case, Wright's family could also demand answers from the trucking company through the legal system.

While less likely, nearly 10% of all truck drivers experience issues beyond the driver's control that result in an accident. Here, the truck driver may have suffered a medical emergency or mechanical failure with the semi that caused the truck to cross the center median and strike Wright. Only further investigation will determine whether the driver's loss of control was due to a mechanical failure. If so, Wright's family may be able to pursue a legal remedy against the truck's manufacturer for marketing a defective product.

As previously mentioned, an independent investigation will play a critical role in determining which potential parties are responsible for Wright's death. Wright's family should receive timely answers to their inquiries about the accident and have the option to hold those accountable for the death of their loved one.

Disclaimer: This post is not legal advice. Information contained in this blog was compiled from third-party sources or is the opinion of the author. Please inform us immediately if false or misleading information is contained in this post.


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