May 28, 2014, an NBC News affiliate reported that rescuers had to partially
amputate a 42-year-old truck driver’s leg after he lost control
of his rig, slammed into a guardrail and a bridge pier, and pinned his
left leg beneath the steering column.
“State Police are investigating the accident and are in the process
of deciding whether [the driver] should be cited for careless driving,”
Six months earlier, news station ABC.net reported that a 42-year-old truck
driver’s leg was
amputated after he crashed into a parked vehicle and crushed the left side of his rig.
The area was allegedly well lit, and “an initial investigation showed
no signs of skid marks, brake failure, or any mechanical problem with
the truck,” ABC stated. Investigators did, however, find a cell
phone in the driver’s cab, which means he could have been texting
at the time of the accident.
Unfortunately, truck drivers and construction workers don’t just
injure themselves when they drive carelessly. For instance, September
5, 2012, a 71-year-old dump truck driver backed into an Ohio State University
student as he rode his bike on campus.
“[T]he teen suffered multiple broken bones and internal injuries
and has been in and out of surgery,” WSAZ.com reported the next
day. The 18-year-old’s father told reporters that his son’s
right leg was amputated and he would need further surgery to rebuild his
pelvis and bladder.
The following January, the student’s family filed a lawsuit against
OSU, the 10 contractors it hired, and the dump truck driver.
June 7, 2013, another dump truck driver ran over a man conducting asphalt
density tests at an intersection. The victim suffered deep vein thrombosis,
pulmonary embolism, and had to have his left leg and ankle partially amputated,
He and his wife filed a lawsuit, which alleged the driver and his employer
“failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to keep his dump truck
under control, backed in a construction zone without an audible reverse
signal alarm and without an observer, backed the dump truck without first
determining that no one was in the backing zone and failed to implement
a comprehensive safety program, among other negligent acts.”
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) latest
statistics, the number of people who were injured in an accident involving
a large truck increased 18 percent between 2011 and 2012.
“Of these people injured in 2012, 73 percent were occupants of other
vehicles, 3 percent were nonoccupants, and 24 percent were occupants of
large trucks,” DOT stated.
If a truck driver hit you and caused a severe injury or the death of a
loved one, attorney Chris Mellino welcomes you to
contact our Cleveland office for a free consultation before Ohio’s statute
of limitations expires in your potential claim.