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Truck Accident Weekly Roundup: January 10 – January 16

Attorneys handling truck accident cases should be familiar with all the Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations. Of course just being familiar with the regulations is not enough. Attorneys must also conduct thorough discovery in order to apply those regulations to the facts of a specific case. I have handled numerous truck accidents throughout the United States, many of them similar to those noted below. Please feel free to contact me at [email protected] or call me at 1-800-628-4500.

The Toledo Blade reports a tractor trailer accident that occurred on Thursday, January 12 at 2:27pm in the city of Oregon, Ohio. According to an Oregon Police Department lieutenant, a 16 year-old male teen was killed when a semi truck driver performed a left turn and struck the teen’s pickup. The accident occurred at the intersection of Navarre Avenue and South Wynn Road. The pickup became lodged beneath the tractor trailer and the teen died at the scene of the collision. Police said the 78 year-old male driver of the semi will be charged with vehicular homicide and will receive a citation for failure to yield while turning left.

CBSNews.com reports a gravel truck accident that occurred on Thursday afternoon, January 12 in Buellton, California. According to the Santa Barbara News Press, the truck was traveling on Highway 101 North when it struck a BMW from behind, leaving the car precariously positioned on a bridge rail adjacent to a steep drop. The 36 year-old female driver of the car and her 2 children were removed from the vehicle by emergency responders and transported to a hospital. The gravel truck went over the rail, fell into a creek and caught fire. The driver of the truck was killed.

The Star Press reports a semi truck accident that occurred on Tuesday, January 10 around 12:45pm in Winchester, Indiana. According to police, a semi truck driver transporting grain had taken marijuana,  meth and amphetamines prior to running a red light and hitting a pickup truck. The accident took place at the intersection of Greenville Pike and U.S. 27, injuring an 82 year-old man. The elderly driver of the pickup was transported to St. Vincent Randolph Hospital via ambulance and was transferred via helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital of Dayton, Ohio. Police said he was listed in stable condition. The 52 year-old driver of the truck was charged with a Class D felony for driving while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury. Witnesses say the semi truck driver attempted to dispose of his drugs and paraphernalia in a field adjacent to the scene of the accident. Police later recovered those items.

NBC4i.com reports a dump truck accident that injured 1 person on Wednesday, January 11 around 11:40am in Columbus, Ohio. Emergency responders and police discovered a collision between a car and a dump truck near 1000 Cleveland Avenue and East 5th Avenue. A photo of the accident shows what appears to be a head-on crash with the dump truck facing the opposite side of traffic. The driver of the car suffered injuries and was transported to a hospital. Two utility poles also suffered damages in the accident. Officials shut down Cleveland Avenue between East 4th and 5th Avenue to investigate.

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