Tractor-trailer truck operators are charged on a daily basis with navigating a huge number of road difficulties and obstacles, including wide turns. Similarly, commuter trains can encounter unexpected hazards in the process of traversing thousands of miles of tracks. That is why serious accidents can occur in the event that either type of vehicle fails to operate properly or abide by road safety guidelines. A recent collision occurred recently between a commuter train and tractor-trailer truck, raising concerns over liability and accountability.
In total, 220 people were onboard an Amtrak train that collided with a loaded tractor-trailer recently. The truck accident reportedly occurred during the daylight hours, and resulted in numerous non-life-threatening injuries. According to one eyewitness account, the train struck the bed of the truck as the vehicle was attempting to turn left onto a highway. A state trooper was apparently trying to help the truck make the turn, but the train came upon the scene quickly.
There was no word on how fast the train was moving at the time of the collision. Nor was it stated whether the train conductor was informed that the tracks were being blocked by the tractor-trailer. Despite the fact that several of the train cars were reportedly derailed, none of the passengers sustained serious or life-threatening injuries. Amtrak was investigating the incident.
Driver negligence, along with any number of other factors, can play a major role in truck accidents. Potential personal injury claimants can learn more about their rights by speaking to an attorney today.
Source: USA Today, “N.Y.-bound Amtrak derails in eastern North Carolina,” Greg Toppo, March 9, 2015