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Ohio’s position at the headlands of the Midwest make it a transportation hub for land, sea and air. Although the economy relies on easy and affordable shipping, some vehicles can cause trouble in the supply chain and on the roads for ordinary travelers and commuters.

State and federal laws restrict truck driving to specific qualifications and truck operation to certain safer types of vehicles and loads. But accidents still happen, often in more dangerous driving conditions. Driver fatigue and errors can also contribute to a crash that may cause severe injury, permanent disability or even death.

An accident involving three vehicles in Darke County may have originated with a truck moving too fast on a road near New Madison. Sheriff’s deputies responded to a scene on U.S. Route 127 where a tractor-trailer struck a car from the rear as it slowed for a vehicle in front of it. The car was driven into another driven by a 79-year-old local woman.

The 67-year-old driver of the middle car was transported to a local hospital and was listed in fair condition after the initial incident. No one else was injured in the accident, which also closed the road for hours. The tractor-trailer’s 18-year-old driver may be liable for criminal and civil charges if he is determined to be legally responsible for the crash.

Victims of motor vehicle accidents have the right to sue the responsible parties in civil court for financial damages covering medical expenses, among other costs. An attorney can help investigate these options and advise victims and their families on the best legal path forward.

Source: Dayton Daily News, “Semitrailer at fault in 3-vehicle wreck on U.S. 127 at Ohio 503 in Darke County,” June 12, 2018