Truck accidents can result in tragic consequences for truck accident victims.
An eighteen-wheeler crash with a car in a nearby state recently resulted in the death of an infant and injuries to two other people. Both the truck and the passenger vehicle were headed north towards an intersection when the collision occurred. The accident occurred in front of a truck stop, and witnesses said that CPR was performed on the infant. The driver of the truck did not appear to be injured. The police department's traffic division was continuing to investigate the accident.
Truck accidents are often catastrophic because of the obvious size difference between trucks and passenger vehicles. The average truck can weigh 80,000 pounds, but a passenger vehiclenormally weighs only 3,000 pounds. While truck drivers are generally safe drivers, a distracted driver or driver suffering from truck driver fatigue can sometimes cause a truck wreck. Semi-truck accidents can result in serious injuries and, unfortunately, sometimes death.
Truck crash victims and their surviving family members are usually able to recover compensation for the pecuniary, or economic, damages they have suffered. Economic damages, such as medical and funeral expenses, can be recovered by surviving family members of lost loved ones. Other damages may also be available to the family members who have suffered the unexpected loss of a loved one.
Truck crash victims should understand their rights and remedies available to them. The legal system recognizes the immeasurable harm that can be done in a fatal truck accident and seeks to help victims.
Source: Dessa American, "OPD: Infant dies after car collides with semi-truck near truck stop," Doug Carman, June 15, 2013.