An accident with a semi-truck is much more complex than a regular car crash. For one, these big rigs can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, which means a collision could lead to catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Investigating a truck wreck also requires highly technical knowledge of truck mechanisms and trucking laws.
Most semi-trucks in the US today are commercial carriers. When they get into an accident, the trucking company and their powerful insurer will likely be involved. Because of this, you may find it difficult to claim your rightful compensation. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a semi-truck wreck, a truck accident lawyer will be an invaluable asset.
Recent Semi-Truck Accidents in Ohio
When it comes to truck accidents, anyone can become a victim. Collisions with big-rigs and other commercial trucks happen more often than you may realize, and they often result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Take a look at these recent truck accidents to learn more about the dangers:
Egg Delivery Truck Loses Control, Flips in York Township
2021 May 12 — A semi-truck fully loaded with chicken eggs rolled over at US 127 and Medford Road. Initial investigation found that the driver lost control of the rig, which then veered into a ditch and overturned. Deputies said that the fully loaded egg cargo made it difficult for the driver to regain control.
Man Dead in 2-Truck Crash in Richland County
2021 May 10 — Truck driver Jeffery Davis, 52, was dead at the scene after his 2015 Volvo Conventional tractor-trailer hit another semi on US 30 near Koogle Road. Troopers said Davis attempted to stop his truck but failed, rear-ending the other semi-trailer, a 2009 International Lf627.
Semi crashes into trees in Franklin
2021 May 10 — A nighttime truck wreck temporarily closed one lane of I-75 South near Manchester Road in Franklin. The semi-truck was found smashed into an embankment of trees.
Truck Rollover Partially Closes I-80 in Liberty
2021 May 8 – A semi-truck rolled over on a lane of I-80, prompting authorities to close a portion of the road, mostly the ramp from Route 11 to I-80 westbound. Ohio State Patrol is currently investigating the cause of the accident.
Truck Flips at Dead Man’s Curve, Causes 16-Hour Road Closure
2021 May 7 — Authorities shut down the eastbound lanes of I-90 at Dead Man’s Curve, following a single-truck accident that caused the semi to roll over. The closure lasted nearly 16 hours, from 1:30 p.m. on May 6 to 5:15 a.m. on May 7. While no other vehicle was involved and no injury was reported, debris was scattered on the road, prompting firefighters and a hazmat team to respond.
Beer Truck Crashes into Avon Lake Home; Driver Injured
2021 May 7 — A beer delivery driver was injured when his truck crashed into a house in Avon Lake. Witnesses said the truck was trying to avoid an electric car that had run a red light and unexpectedly pulled in front of the truck.
The truck driver sustained minor injuries, while the car driver was cited for failure to yield right of way. Meanwhile, the lone inhabitant of the house was unharmed, though the home has been rendered uninhabitable, according to police.
Driver Takes Off, Gets Caught After Injurious Truck Rollover
2021 May 4 — A truck driver was injured and hospitalized after his rig was struck by another driver who then took off. The semi-truck was left overturned under the I-675 ramp at I-75 in Miamisburg. Police then caught and cited the other driver on North Dixie. Their identities have not been revealed as investigation continues.
Truck Driver Dies After Truck Crash in Monroe Township
2021 May 3 — Truck driver Gregory Maynor, 59, died of the injuries he sustained in a single-vehicle truck accident in the 1800 block of Ohio 39. According to Ohio Highway Patrol, Maynor had been driving a 2013 International 4300 flatbed that was carrying two dumpsters. He was traveling northwest when the truck veered off the road, struck an embankment, and rolled over. Maynor was extricated from the overturned truck, but succumbed to his injuries at the scene.
19-year-old Dead in Car-Truck Crash in Mansfield
2021 May 3 — Tori A. Carman, 19, was killed when the sedan she was driving rear-ended a flatbed tow truck on the ramp at I-71 northbound off US 30 eastbound. Authorities said she had failed to maintain a clear distance from the truck. The truck driver sustained minor injuries.
1 Dead, 1 Injured in I-71 Truck Crash
2021 April 30 — A truck passenger was killed while the driver was severely injured in a single-truck crash on I-71 at US 62 in Columbus’s South Side. Initial investigation showed that the 2020 International tractor-trailer exited the roadway, struck a tree, and overturned in a ditch.
The passenger was dead at the scene, while the driver sustained injuries that put him in critical condition. Their identities have not been released pending notification of next of kin.
2021 April 19 — A child was life-flighted to the hospital and at least three other people were injured in a truck wreck on I-71 South in Medina County. The truck, carrying steel coils, collided with several vehicles on the highway, causing the temporary closing of three lanes.
2021 April 15 — A man died when he was hit by telephone lines while helping a tractor-trailer that was stuck on US 127 in Crane Township.
The tractor-trailer had gotten tangled with some low-hanging telephone wires and had stopped to disentangle from the cables. The man, 54-year-old Vance Owen Campbell, tried to help the trucker by getting on top of the trailer. As he was clearing the wires, another semi-trailer truck going southbound hit the cables, causing them to fatally strike Campbell.
No charges have been filed as of the time of writing.
2021 April 05 — An 87-year-old Columbus woman was dead at the scene after her car was hit by a semi-truck that failed to stop at a red light in Orange Township, Delaware County.
Lillian Botha was on Route 23 and trying to turn left into Coal Bend Drive when she was hit by a southbound Freightliner semi. Both vehicles slid off the road, but Botha’s car hit several bushes. The truck driver sustained minor injuries.
2021 April 04 — A man was making repairs to his disabled van when he was struck and killed by a semi-truck on US 30 in Washington Township. The Freightliner semi veered outside its lane and onto the berm, hitting 44-year-old Jeffrey Brown, who was standing on the left side of his minivan to make repairs. The accident is currently under investigation.
2021 March 30 — A nearby dash cam captured the moment when a car used the emergency turn-around to make a U-turn on the express lanes of I-271 and collided head-on with an oncoming tractor-trailer.
Footage of the truck accident shows vehicle parts flying as the truck continued to push the wrong-way car down the highway until the truck driver was able to stop the rig. The car driver was hospitalized with serious injuries.
2021 March 29 — Four people were killed in a fiery crash on southbound Interstate 71, near Polaris Fashion Place after a pickup truck lost control and hit an SUV and a tractor-trailer.
The northbound pickup was reportedly speeding at around 8 p.m., then lost control and headed to the median. It tore through the median cable barrier and entered the southbound lanes, where it crashed into the southbound SUV. The collision caused the SUV to flip and catch fire, killing its four occupants. The pickup then hit a tractor-trailer and caught fire.
The names of the victims have not been released at this time.
2021 March 24 — A semi-truck overturned at around 9 p.m. and caused the temporary closure of the ramp from Interstate 70 east to Interstate 270 north in West Columbus. One person was taken to the hospital after the crash. The ramp reopened only the following morning as the truck had to be unloaded before it could be cleared off the road.
2020 December 28 — A man helping another driver change his tire was struck and injured by a semi-truck on I-271 north in Oakwood. According to authorities, the man had stopped his vehicle to assist with a truck that needed a tire change.
Another semi-truck then came and slammed into the stopped vehicle before crashing into the guardrail. The helping driver was transported to a nearby hospital.
2020 December 20 — A truck driver was extricated by emergency crews after getting stuck in a semi-truck that hit a pole and tipped on its side on Haber Road in Montgomery County. The driver was conscious upon rescue but had to be taken by Careflight to the hospital.
The crash also knocked down power lines, resulting in an outage for more than 3,000 customers of Dayton Power & Light.
2020 December 16 — Authorities are investigating a double-fatal crash that occurred at around 4:43 a.m. on I-75 south near the Miami-Shelby County line. A pickup truck had lost control and collided with a semi-truck. The collision then sent the semi crashing into a sedan.
The driver of the pickup, 42-year-old Jesus Gonzales, and his passenger, 18-year-old Jesus Godinez, were pronounced dead at the scene. The sedan driver, Jasmine Delafuente, 45, was injured.
2020 December 15 — A truck driver was killed and a passenger sustained life-threatening injuries after a multi-truck wreck on I-70 eastbound in Preble County. A Freightliner semi, driven by 24-year-old Zachary Ryback, rear-ended the Volvo semi in front of him. The Volvo then hit another Freightliner in front of it.
Ryback was dead at the scene, while his passenger, 22-year-old Paige M. Taylor, was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
2020 November 26 — Twenty-three-year-old Karysha Melendez suffered fatal injuries after a semi-truck hit her on the Ohio Turnpike in Oxford Township, Erie County. Melendez was reportedly driving westbound when her car crashed into the concrete median barrier and a ditch.
Melendez exited her vehicle and walked into the westbound lanes, where she was struck by an oncoming tractor-trailer. The accident remains under investigation.
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