Keystone, WI- Although the dangers of following another vehicle too closely should be apparent, far too many motorists ignore this rule of the road. They through safety out the window and don’t think twice about how they could harm others in a rear-end crash especially if that crash involves a large commercial truck.
In a recent Wisconsin rear-end truck crash, several people were injured when they were rear-ended by a semi-truck. That accident took place near Keystone on Friday June 12.
The Superior Telegram reports that a minivan traveling west on U.S. Highway 2 when he stopped to make a left turn at the intersection of U.S. Highway 63. While waiting to make the turn, the minivan was rear-ended by a semi-truck and pushed into the eastbound lanes where it was struck head-on by a Nissan.
One adult and three children in the minivan were injured as well as the two occupants of the Nissan. They were taken to local hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Superior Telegram. These accident victims are lucky to be alive since rear-end and head-on crashes tend to be deadly.
The truck driver was not injured.
The cause of this accident remains under investigation.
Rear-end crashes involving large commercial trucks have a number of causes, faulty brakes being the primary one. The Federal Motor Carrier Administration finds that half of trucks involved in rear-end collisions have faulty brakes. Brakes that are not maintained, replaced or adjusted properly can make it impossible for a driver to stop their heavy vehicles in time to avoid a crash.
Two other primary causes are following too closely and inattention. In a recent trucking safety blitz conducted nationwide, following too closely was one of the five most commonly issue traffic violations for truck drivers.
In the majority of rear-end accidents, the driver of the truck will most likely be considered the responsible party. But that is not always the case and the victims are urged to retain a truck accident attorney in Wisconsin to investigate and identify which party or parties are responsible for their injuries or death of a loved one. For instance if a rear-end truck collision was due to distracted driving, the driver may be considered the only liable party, but if an accident is the result of a faulty brakes, the company that owns the truck could be could be responsible for any personal injury or wrongful death claims that arise out of a collision.
If you are looking for the best truck accident attorney in Wisconsin, USAttorneys can help you get in touch with one. They will set up a consultation and after hearing the details of your accident can inform you of how you can get the compensation you need and deserve. You can count on our truck crash attorney to stand up for your rights as the accident victim, and negotiate for the best settlement possible. Make an appointment today, so you can put some of your worries aside.