A crash between two big rigs in Springfield, Ohio led to Springfield Pike being shut down on Oct. 25 for several hours, and one of the truck drivers had serious injuries.
The Ohio State Police stated that the truck crash happened when one big rig hit the other as he was pulling out of an exit ramp. Both drivers suffered injuries.
The truck driver who was trying to turn had minor injuries, but the other driver had serious, life-threatening injuries ans was airlifted to a local hospital.
The state police are continuing to investigate the crash.
As the Virginia Commerical Driver’s Manual spends many pages explaining, to be a safe truck driver, you have to know what is going on around your rig at all times. Most accidents occur because a truck driver does not look properly for oncoming traffic.
One of the biggest problems is that truck drivers do not look far enough ahead. Stopping distances are much longer for trucks, and if a truck driver is not looking far enough down the road, either when driving in a straight line or turning, this can have deadly consequences.
Generally, truck drivers should be looking 12-15 seconds ahead when driving in most conditions. It also is very important to look in the side mirrors carefully when trying to turn or enter or exit traffic. The mirrors need to be in proper working condition and adjusted appropriately.
As truck crash attorneys specializing in personal injury and wrongful death cases, drivers who have been injured due to the negligence of a truck driver should consider filing a lawsuit to get their injuries paid for. Some injuries can take months or years to recover from, and financially, this can be very difficult for most people. A settlement in a personal injury case of, say, $550,000, could help an injured driver and his family to survive as the person recovers.