Fox 6 Now reports that the accident occurred on I-41 around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. Police say that the driver of tanker truck, which was hauling water, was traveling in the southbound lanes of the highway when he began to make a U-turn using the center median.
While the tanker was in the middle of his turn, another tractor-trailer came along. The driver attempted to stop but he couldn’t avoid colliding with the tanker. He suffered fatal injuries.
The driver of the tanker truck suffered only minor injuries.
Police have not released the names of the accident victims and said they are still investigating the cause of the accident, according to NBC.
Making a U-turn in the middle of the highway, no matter how late it is, is extremely dangerous and reckless. It also has the potential to be deadly as this accident shows. There are a host of reckless actions motorists and truck drivers engage. In a recent trucking safety blitz, conducted by law enforcement agencies across the country, truck drivers were cited for a number of reckless behaviors, but speeding, driving while fatigued or distracted or failing to obey a traffic signal were among the most commonly cited traffic violations for truck drivers.
Being a truck driver means putting yourself at risk every day you work and is one of the most dangerous occupations in the U.S. It’s a difficult job and they deserve respect, but they also should be held accountable when they make a deadly mistake. Victims of truck accidents are urged to speak with a personal injury attorney in Wisconsin to discuss their accident and decide how to get the settlement amount they need to cover their medical expenses and other damages. USAttorneys recommends the Gruber Law Firm in Milwaukee; they have a team of experienced personal injury lawyers willing to work tirelessly so that their clients are fairly compensated.
When a truck accident victim retains one of the skilled personal injury attorneys at USAttorneys, they will give themselves a greater opportunity to recover a generous settlement for their injuries or the untimely death of a loved one. Having legal counsel is your best shot at obtaining the maximum amount of compensation you deserve for your pain and emotional distress.
Once a victim hires one of the skilled lawyers at USAttorneys, they can be confident their rights will be respected and they will be generously compensated. If you are in Wisconsin, contact the office of truck accident attorney David Gruber and set up a consultation. He will explain your rights and help you make an informed decision about the best approach to take in your case. The sooner you act, the closer you will be to getting the compensation you and your family need for medical and every day expenses.