Fiery Ohio Truck Accident Blamed On Distracted Driving

by | October 14th, 2013

October 14, 2013

In 2011, Ohio recorded a total of 21,370 accidents involving large commercial trucks, accounting for almost 5 percent of the states collision total. Those crashes resulted in 136 people losing their lives and another 4,155 motorists suffering serious injuries. The Ohio Truck Accident Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy explain that distracted driving was listed as a contributing factor in a portion of those accidents.

Recently, distracted driving was to blame for an accident that occurred earlier this week involving a tractor-trailer. According to an article from WFMJ News, the crash happened last Thursday afternoon near the intersection of the Ohio Turnpike and Reuther Drive in Jackson Township.

Reports indicate the driver of the truck responsible for the crash was drinking a beverage as he drove along the Turnpike. When he attempted to place the drink next to him, he briefly took his eyes off of the road and veered into a highway maintenance vehicle. The truck then flipped over a guardrail before bursting into flames.

Luckily, the truck driver was able to escape with only minor injuries; however, the incident highlights the serious dangers and risks that distracted driving poses.

The law firm’s team of Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers asks motorists to help combat the problem of distracted driving by never eating, drinking, or using handheld electronic devices while at the wheel. A vehicle’s stereo should also be low enough to hear emergency sirens and horns equipped on other vehicles.