As the United States economy continues to grow, there is a greater need to transport goods, materials and merchandise. The most common and efficient way to transport these things are commercial vehicles such as tractor-trailers. In Delaware and across the country, smaller passenger vehicles are forced to share crowded interstates and highways with these large commercial vehicles. Tragically, car accidents with massive tractor-trailers are often fatal.
A woman was recently killed in an accident involving a tractor-trailer on Interstate 495. Reports said northbound traffic along the roadway had slowed due to a lane closure. A tractor-trailer failed to slow down in time and struck the rear of a Ford SUV, igniting a chain reaction crash, according to accident reports.
Reportedly, the violent impact knocked the SUV off the road and into a guardrail. The tractor-trailer continued on striking the rear of a sedan, pushing the sedan into a pickup truck. The driver of the sedan suffered minor injuries, but the driver and passenger in the SUV were critically injured and transported to a local hospital, authorities said. Tragically, police said the SUV passenger later died at the hospital.
Unfortunately, accidents such as this seem to be happening more and more with passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles in such close proximity on crowded interstates. Those in Delaware who have suffered injuries or loss as the result of negligence in car accidents may want to consider seeking the services of an experienced legal representative. A successfully litigated claim could result in a monetary award that struggling families could use to alleviate medical expenses and other monetary damages.