A recent semi-truck accident in a neighboring community northeast of the Worcester area left 4 victims injured, one of them critically. According to authorities, a semi-truck was traveling in the middle lane when it swerved into the left lane for an unknown reason that is being investigated. When the tractor trailer swerved into the left lane, it clipped the back of an SUV and caused it to roll over into the median.
Authorities reported that a 45-year old female front-seat passenger in the SUV was flown to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries as a result of the truck accident. Two children, ages 8 and 9, in the back seat of the SUV were also taken the hospital with serious injuries. The 53-year old man driving the SUV was also injured in the truck accident. The investigation into the incident continues.
Truck accidents can have catastrophic consequences because of their vast size and weight compared to passenger vehicles, including SUVs. A passenger vehicle is no match for a commercial truck, so when a truck driver has failed to carefully navigate the roadway, and acted negligently, he or she may be liable for the significant expenses and losses truck accident victims and their families are likely to suffer. In addition, based on the situation and circumstances, trucking companies may also share in the responsibility to truck accident victims and their families. these may include, but are not limited to medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages.
It is important for truck accident victims and their families to be aware of resources available to them immediately following a truck accident to help address the struggles and challenges they face. Compensation may be available for the harm they have suffered because of the careless actions of a truck driver or other parties.
Source: WCVB.com, “Four hurt, one critically, in crash involving tractor-trailer,” Aug. 4, 2016