Tractor-Trailer Crashes on I-75 in Ohio, Killing Driver
Posted on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 at 4:06 pm
A semi-truck driver, Bradley K. Brunton (58), died in a crash on I-75 in north Toledo, Ohio. According to 24 News, the driver was traveling on the exit ramp on westbound I-475 when the truck went to the right side of the roadway for an unknown reason.
The vehicle struck three utility poles. The cab of the truck was crushed and Brunton had to be extricated. Tragically, he was pronounced dead at Toledo hospital.
A portion of the highway and the exit were closed to investigate the crash and clear the scene. Investigations are still underway.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Commercial truck accidents often cause fatalities. The size and weight of these vehicles makes them more significantly more dangerous than regular car accidents. Following are common causes of commercial truck accidents:
Driver Fatigue – Federal regulations stipulate that truck drivers maintain a driving limit to make sure they are alert and awake on the road. The hours must be kept to prevent driver fatigue.
Poor Truck Maintenance – Commercial trucking companies must keep their vehicles well maintained. All maintenance checks should be properly documented. If faulty equipment causes an accident, the trucking company is responsible.
Distractions – truck drivers often go on long drives and are usually in remote locations. In this case, a driver may attempt to multitask. However, it is important to always focus their full attention on the road because any distractions may lead to a catastrophic event. One of the most common distractions on the road is truck drivers using their mobile phones while driving.
Speeding – Truck drivers who exceed the speed limit not only put themselves at risk but other motorists as well.
Overloading – The cargo balance and weight is important. Regulations mandate the maximum weight a commercial truck can load onto the vehicle. Overloading and not balancing the load frequently cause commercial truck accidents.
Training – Frequently truck companies hire inexperienced drivers who lack requisite credentials and skills.
What To Do In the Event of a Truck Crash
If you or a loved one is a victim of a truck crash, having experienced legal counsel can help get your life back on track.
The attorneys at Williams Kherkher have handled 18-wheeler and commercial truck accidents since 1983. We help establish liability for the crash, strengthen your claim, collect evidence, and help you and your family get the justice and compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a commercial truck, call us now at (713) 230-2200.