When driving, one must pay close attention to his or her surroundings in order to avoid potential hazards and reduce the chances of an accident. A recent car accident in Erie County underscores this rule. Although the accident is still under investigation, reports state that a woman lost her life and two teens were injured in a crash involving a semi-truck.
Details regarding the crash
A woman from Vermillion was traveling westbound along U.S. 6 around 7 a.m. the morning of Friday, Dec. 10. Meanwhile, the driver of a semi-truck was attempting to back into a private driveway on the same road. Whether the woman did not see the truck or did not have time to stop is unclear, but she collided with the trailer of the truck.
The woman was carrying two passengers, a 15-year-old boy and 18-year-old man. Sadly, the woman was pronounced dead by authorities at the crash site, while her two passengers reportedly only suffered minor injuries. Each of the two passengers was treated at a local medical center. The truck driver reportedly did not suffer injuries.
Pursuit of compensation
Authorities made no mention of whether negligence on the part of the woman or the truck driver led to the crash. However, they are still investigating the accident, and their findings will be important for those involved who are interested in seeking compensation. Should the truck driver be at fault, he and his employer can be named in civil suits brought by the injured victims and the surviving family of the deceased. Should the woman be deemed to have been at fault, those adversely affected may elect to pursue personal injury claims against her estate. In either case, those adversely affected will want to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to receive the information they need to move forward with their claims for compensation.