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July 20, 2012
A report from the Ohio State Highway Patrol is showing that defective brakes on a dump truck may be to blame for causing an Ohio Truck Accident that killed the vehicle’s driver. According to an article published by The Akron Beacon Journal, the accident happened on July 5th on the Portage Trail Extension.
Investigators believe that the braking system on the 2044 Sterling tri-axle became “ineffective” as the vehicle began to descend down into the Merriman Valley. The 41-year-old driver of the truck, from Ravenna, Ohio, honked the truck’s horn frantically as he attempted to warn others to move while trying to maintain control of the vehicle; however, the dump truck plowed through a strip mall before coming to rest in the waters of the Cuyahoga River after colliding with a large tree.
A spokesman for the Akron Police Department, Lt. Rick Edwards, stated that while the investigation is ongoing, the department had determined that two of the truck’s eight brakes were inoperable at the time of the crash and three others were considered to be below state safety standards. Edwards added, “With those brakes, there’s no way he’d be able to bring that vehicle to a stop.”
The Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy say that employers of trucking companies who supply their drivers with vehicles have a responsibility to ensure that those vehicles are up to par with safety standards. The firm would add that failure to do so could be considered negligent on the part of the trucking company.
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