[Miami County, Ohio] — On Thursday morning, at least one life has been lost in a collision on Interstate 75 North near the Montgomery-Miami County line.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol has confirmed the fatality, with multiple injuries also reported. The accident occurred at approximately 6:07 a.m. and involved two vehicles, one of which was a commercial vehicle.
According to OSHP, the events began when a commercial vehicle traveled northbound on I-75. The truck veered off the west side of the roadway, colliding with the concrete barrier. The collision set off a chain reaction, leading to further accidents involving other vehicles.
A Dodge Charger in the left lane hit the semi and then went into the right lane from the left but was struck by an SUV. The impact caused the driver of the Dodge Charger to be forcibly ejected from the vehicle. The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The SUV driver departed from the roadway, passed through a fence, and collided with a tree. This driver sustained injuries requiring medical attention and was transported to a local hospital.
A 911 call featured a caller identifying as the semi-truck driver involved in the incident. The caller indicated they had “sideswiped the rail on the left-hand side” and informed dispatchers that the crash victim was a woman.
Investigation Needed on Why Commercial Truck Makes Sudden Stop, Causing a Fatal Chain-Collision
Whenever we hear about a rear-end collision, we automatically think it’s the driver from behind’s fault (think back to driver’s ed). And rightfully so. The person slamming into a car from behind is almost always at fault. However, many people are unaware that the law is concerned with all wrongdoing, meaning all contributing factors that lead to an accident— need to come to light so that all responsible parties can be held accountable.
In this tragic accident, the truck created an emergency situation where the Dodge driver had no choice but to slam into them. Why did the truck suddenly veer and stop? A further investigation will need to take place to determine why the trucker suddenly stopped and to see if they are also at fault in this incident.
Unfortunately, though, many times in accidents like this one, trucking companies do not like to take any blame for the actions of their employees. The trucking company and driver will not want to accept responsibility for this crash. They will likely blame the deceased for an unavoidable emergency. However, this is not fair. The accident that occurred with the Dodge and the commercial truck is complicated, and the deceased’s family will need trained lawyers to ensure they receive justice for the passing of their loved one.
The law is concerned with all wrongdoing, and the trucker and trucking company should not be permitted to escape liability. Trucks are hazardous, and thousands of people die yearly in crashes like this one. Trucking companies and their drivers must exercise the highest caution to protect the motoring public from dangerous 18-wheeler crashes.
The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.
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