On July 8, an Ohio dump truck driver was seriously injured when his vehicle collided with a commercial semi-truck. The crash occurred on U.S. 33 near Interstate 75 in Wapakoneta at approximately 9:50 a.m.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the victim was driving his Hirschfield Enterprises dump truck east on U.S. 33 when a Continental semi-truck entered the highway via an on-ramp and cut him off, leading to a collision. The impact caused the semi to roll on its side and damaged the dump truck severely enough to trap the victim inside. It took rescue crews around an hour to extricate him.
The victim, a 54-year-old resident of Delphos, suffered serious injuries and was transported to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Toledo. The driver of the semi was not injured in the crash. U.S. 33 was closed for over two hours as rescue crews and investigators worked on the crash scene. According to the Auglaize County Prosecutor’s Office, the semi driver could face charges for causing the accident.
Commercial vehicle accidents can be caused by various factors, including distracted driving, reckless driving, speeding and impaired driving. If police determine that a crash was caused by the actions of a negligent truck driver, injured victims may use the accident investigation report as the basis for a personal injury lawsuit against that driver and the driver’s trucking company. If the suit is successful, a court might order the driver and trucking company to compensate victims for current and future medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish, property loss and other related damages. Victims may have their case evaluated and learn more about their legal options by scheduling a consultation with a personal injury attorney.