With hundreds of thousands of tractor-trailers logging millions of miles across Alabama and the rest of the country each year, accidents involving these large commercial vehicles are very common. Often, these collisions can result in serious injury and death for those involved. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2012 alone, over 3,900 people were killed in collisions involving semi trucks, and more than 100,000 people were injured. Like all motor vehicle accidents, tractor-trailer crashes can be caused by any number of factors, including driver distraction and fatigue.
A bus carrying the North Central Texas College softball team was reportedly involved in a collision with a semi truck in Oklahoma recently. According to reports, the truck accident occurred when a tractor-trailer, which had been travelling northbound, veered into the oncoming lanes of traffic. It was reported that the large commercial vehicle continued, ending up off the side of the road, after striking the bus. There were no details reported regarding what may have contributed to causing the crash.
News sources reported that 15 passengers on the bus suffered injuries as a result of the collision. They were taken to the hospital for treatment. However, no additional information was disclosed regarding their specific injuries or conditions. Four members of the softball team, ages 18 through 20, were reportedly killed in the semi truck crash.
Collisions involving large commercial vehicles can have devastating results, regardless of the cause of the crash. People who have suffered injuries in these types of situations, as well as those who have lost loved ones in a truck accident, may find it helpful to consult with an attorney to learn more about their options and what type of compensation they could be entitled to.
Source: AL.com, “4 members of college softball team killed in bus crash in Oklahoma,” Creg Sephenson, Sep. 27, 2014