Semi-trailers are massive vehicles that can cause incredible damage and significant injuries when they are involved in accidents. This can sometimes make highway travel seem dangerous, especially when truck drivers seem to be ignoring the rules of the road.
Recently, a truck accident five miles west of Oakland involving a semi-trailer and a passenger vehicle killed the car driver and two of his three children. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the victim and his children were traveling eastbound on Highway 70 when their 2012 Mercedes sedan was struck by a westbound truck that crossed the center line. The car was so badly damaged that firefighters had to cut the car's occupants from the vehicle.
The 29-year-old father, his 1-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter were all declared dead at the scene. A second son, 7, was flown to a hospital in Oklahoma City in critical condition. The car's occupants were all wearing seatbelts before the crash, and air bags deployed during the accident.
The 35-year-old male semi-trailer driver from Texas was not injured. OHP authorities are investigating the circumstances of the crash.
Different factors can cause truck accidents, including impaired or distracted driving, speeding and driver fatigue. Such actions and behaviors too often have deadly consequences. Any driver who gets behind the wheel while ignoring these factors is disregarding the safety of other people on the road and can be considered negligent.
A truck accident investigation tries to determine whether a truck driver was both criminally and civilly negligent at the time of the incident. Losing a loved one is heartbreaking, but losing someone because of another person's negligence is devastating. If negligence can be proven by law enforcement authorities or independently by a traffic investigator, the truck driver could be held liable for the losses suffered by the victim's family.
Source: The Daily Ardmoreite, "Father, 2 children perish in accident, 3rd child airlifted," March 19, 2014