Griswold, MA- The bubbly was flowing but it wasn’t because of happy occasion. Instead, it was a collision between tractor trailer and a state Department of Transportation vehicle, which closed Interstate 395 for a couple of hours and snarled traffic well into the evening rush.
The collision occurred at 2:14 p.m. Wednesday when an tractor trailer carrying crates of wine and champagne rear-ended a DOT vehicle which was sitting at road constructions sight.
The truck driver, William Wronski, 56, was traveling north in the right lane when he failed to yield to the construction zone and slammed into the rear of the DOT truck. The impact of the crashed caused the tractor trailer to topple over. The trailer cracked open spilling its contents across the roadway, according to the Norwich Bulletin.
The DOT driver, James Tuttle and the tractor-trailer driver both suffered minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital.
The DOT truck had only minor damage but the tractor-trailer was totaled, according to the Norwich Bulletin. The truck’s cargo was also destroyed as cases and bottles or wine and champagne spilled across the road. It took cleanup crews a few hours to clean up the broken glass and other debris.
The crash also resulted in a large fuel spill.
Both northbound lanes of Interstate 395 were closed for two hours after the accident, but by evening one lane was reopened and traffic was flowing.
While there are probably some package stores lamenting the loss of their shipment, this accident, fortunately did not result in any serious injuries or deaths.
It’s true that passenger vehicle accidents cause more injuries and deaths than tractor trailer crashes, for the simple fact that there are many more of those vehicles on the road. But tractor trailer crashes are often more costly and cause greater damage since they can weigh between 80,000 to 100,000 lbs.
There are over 500,000 tractor trailer crashes in the U.S. each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The majority of those accidents don’t happen at night when you would think, they occur in the afternoon when there are more vehicles on the road, so it isn’t unusual for numerous vehicles to be entangled in collision.
The average cost of a single truck accident is a little over $50,000, and several different entities are affected by those costs. The victims may have medical bills and property damage costs to cover. The city or state government must pay the immediate costs of cleanup and roadway repairs. If the tractor trailer is carrying goods, the manufacturer will lose their merchandise and the retailer loses sales because they don’t have products to sell to their customers. Everyone, including the truck driver loses when commercial vehicles are involved in a collision.
Most people realize that the individuals who are injured of those who have lost a loved one in a tractor trailer collision will need to hire truck accident attorney, but may not realize they are also instrumental in maximizing property damage settlements.