Semi Crash Tragedy for Family of 5
A family of five who were traveling on the freeway in the early morning hours on their way to a wedding, were struck from behind by a semi-truck driver who fell asleep at the wheel. Three of the 5 family members were killed and the mother of the family remains in serious condition receiving treatment. A witness inside the vehicle said that they were experiencing mechanical problems so they decided to reduce speed and put on their warning lights. Although the hazard lights were on and functioning, it was still not enough for the truck driver to see at 4 a.m. in the early morning. Because the driver had fallen asleep at the wheel, it flung the vehicle into a tree line, crushing it and resulting in multiple deaths.
Fatal Truck Accidents Stats
- In 2016, 3,986 people died in crashes involving semi trailers. Occupants of other vehicles made up 73 percent of these fatalities.
- An estimated 111,000 people sustained injuries in crashes involving large trucks since 2014, an increase of 23 percent since then
- In 2016, large trucks accounted for 17 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes.
Crashes like these are the result of yet another hostile environment, that some trucking companies abuse and put their drivers through long strenuous hours with no limit. A crash like this may have been prevented if there had been extra safety precautions in place, taken on by truck drivers and the companies. There should be no reason for incidents like this to happen, killing innocent people. Something must be done and these companies must be held responsible for their actions.
If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a trucking accident due to another driver’s negligence, contact my office immediately. As your Ohio truck accident attorney, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®
Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injury, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus, Dayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call 1-877.944.4373.