It’s just a fact of life that drivers in Indiana will have to share the road with large commercial trucks like tractor-trailers. These massive trucks can be intimidating to those in smaller passenger vehicles. Tractor-trailers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds compared to a regular passenger vehicle, which averages about 3,000 pounds. Since tractor-trailers are so big and heavy, motorists in passenger vehicles are at a high risk of serious injury or death if a collision occurs.
Recently in Morocco, a woman was killed when her vehicle was hit by a tractor-trailer. The crash happened just before noon at the intersection of US 41 and SR 14. Reports said a tractor-trailer was headed west on SR 14 and attempted to cross all lanes of US 41. According to accident reports, the truck driver failed to yield to a southbound motorhome and caused a collision.
Reportedly, the motorhome impacted the rear of the trailer and both vehicles were pushed into a second tractor-trailer that was stopped at a nearby stop sign. Authorities said the driver and passenger in the motorhome had to be extracted and were taken to an area hospital. Tragically the female passenger died a short time later at the hospital. Both truck drivers were not injured.
Legal options for victims and families
Although truck drivers are required to undergo specialized training, they can still make mistakes. Those in Indiana who have been injured or have lost loved ones in truck accidents caused by negligent drivers have options to help them through this difficult experience. An experienced and knowledgeable attorney can advocate for clients and help them obtain the compensation they deserve.