Accidents, road conditions, construction and numerous other factors may force a driver to slow down or stop unexpectedly. If other motorists are not closely monitoring their surroundings and the other vehicles on the roads, they may not be able to react to another driver’s sudden reduction in speed in time to avoid a collision. This can be especially true for large commercial vehicles, which can be difficult to maneuver and stop or slow quickly.
Reduced speeds and frequent stops appear to have played a role in a semi truck crash that occurred in Auburn recently. According to reports, a Ford Taurus was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer as the two vehicles passed through an area of construction on I-85. It was not reported whether the driver of the semi truck attempted to stop or otherwise avoid colliding with the car.
While the trucker was not injured, the driver of the Taurus reportedly had to be air evacuated to a hospital in Georgia for treatment of injuries sustained in the wreck. The driver’s injuries were reported to be not life threatening, but no additional information was released regarding his or her condition.
Even at slow speeds, trucking accidents can have serious consequences for those involved, including serious injuries and death. Often, there are a number of costs that may be incurred as a result of these types of crashes, such as pain and suffering, lost wages and medical expenses. Anyone who has been involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer may be entitled to compensation for these expenses.
Source: WSFA 12 News, “1 injured in crash with 18-wheeler on I-85 in Auburn,” April 11, 2014