Truck Accident Weekly Roundup: July 27 – August 2

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.

Mcall.com (the Morning Call) reports two people died in the Poconos early Friday morning, July 30, in a pair of accidents that shut down I-380 near Coolbaugh Township, Pennsylvania. Around 4am, a northbound tractor-trailer drifted out of its lane and hit a southbound SUV. As the SUV sat on the roadway, a southbound semi crashed into it. The SUV driver was pulled from the wreckage and flown to a local hospital. Half an hour after the first accident, as traffic stacked up around the disaster, another SUV was slowing for the snarl when an 18-wheeler rear-ended it. The impact killed both people in the SUV and pushed it into another SUV; the second SUV’s occupants were unharmed.

MyFoxBoston.com reports that a flatbed tow truck fatally rear-ended a Honda stopped at a red light Friday afternoon, July 30, setting both vehicles on fire. The driver and front-seat passenger escaped the blaze and were taken to a hospital, but another passenger died in the rear seat of the car. The wreck happened on the Lynnway near Revere, Massachusetts. The truck driver was unhurt in the crash.

Suntimes.com reports that seven people were hospitalized after a three-vehicle accident on Saturday, July 31 in Lake County, Indiana. When a Chevy SUV eastbound in the right lane of 1-80 slowed down in traffic, a Dodge SUV behind it was rear-ended by a semi-box trailer. As the crash pushed the Dodge off to the right, the semi lost control and jack-knifed around both smaller vehicles, hitting the Chevy, breaking through a barrier wall off the shoulder, and eventually coming to a stop on top of the Dodge. The Dodge was totaled and the family of five in it hospitalized, as were the semi driver and the Chevy driver. The child in the Chevy escaped harm, thanks to a child seat.

Stargazette.com reports that a northbound dump truck turned into the path of a southbound sedan on Route 415 in Campbell, New York, causing a crash that investigating deputies called unavoidable. The car’s driver and a passenger were hospitalized in serious condition, but another passenger in the rear seat, an 80-year-old woman wearing no seat belt, died at the hospital shortly after the wreck. The accident happened at 2pm Saturday, July 31.

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