Six people died when a tractor-trailer rear-ended an SUV causing a chain reaction accident that involved six vehicles. The driver of the first vehicle died at the hospital; the driver and four passengers in another SUV were killed after their vehicle burst into flames. An injured Department of Transportation worker was pulled from his vehicle before it caught fire; he remains in critical condition.
The accident occurred in a work zone as the driver of the tractor trailer was approaching a straight, yet slightly downhill stretch of the two-way highway. Seeing a line of cars stopped, the driver of the tractor trailer applied the brakes, but it was too late.
Construction signs were prominently displayed and met Department of Transportation standards, but the driver of the tractor trailer did not notice them until it was too late, although he did not appear to be impaired or distracted. An inspection of his cell phone revealed no calls are texts being made immediately before the accident. State police are conducting an investigation, interviewing witnesses, and trying to reconstruct the scene to determine the sequence of events in this fatal accident.
The tractor trailer is registered to Meadowbrook Meat Company, Inc. The investigation has revealed that trucks operated by the company have been involved in 75 accidents over the past two years, including one fatality. It was also revealed that 1,536 inspections resulted in 11 percent of vehicles being taken off the road and 2,947 inspections resulted in 2 percent of drivers being taken off the road. Was the truck driver properly trained? Does Meadowbrook conduct regularly schedule maintenance checks and inspections of its fleet?
There are many causes of tractor trailer accidents including fatigued, inexperienced, or distracted driver. Accidents can also be caused when trucks are not properly inspected and maintained, or there is a mechanical failure or manufacturer defect. Due to the size and weight of a tractor-trailer versus a passenger vehicle, when an accident occurs the results can be catastrophic.
Those who have suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one as a result of a tractor trailer auto accident should seek legal counsel as soon as possible to preserve evidence and understand your rights. An attorney experienced in trucking accidents can help determine your rights to compensation for medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life. If you need help locating an experienced attorney in your area, contact Lawsuit Financial; we offer a free, nationwide attorney referral program.
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