Salt Lake City, UT (September 17, 2022) – Officers from the Salt Lake City Police Department were dispatched to the scene of a high-speed crash on Saturday, September 17th in Salt Lake City.
The accident took place at about 8:40 a.m. when an SUV and a tractor-trailer collided with one another in the area of 300 West and 800 North.
According to police, one of the vehicles involved was badly mangled and caused injuries to a 65-year-old man who was pinned inside.
The Salt Lake City Fire Department worked to extricate the driver from the wrecked SUV. He was then transferred by Gold Cross Ambulance to a local hospital in a non-life-threatening condition.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was unharmed during the crash.
Police are considering speed a factor in the incident.
Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
Crashes involving semi-trucks are much more common than people think. Accidents that involve these gigantic commercial vehicles often end in devastation, leaving victims with equally gigantic medical bills and a life that has been turned upside down.
There are several factors that can contribute to the likelihood of a semi-truck accident. Potential liability for the crash could fall on the:
- Truck owner
- Trucking company
- Parts manufacturer/Vehicle manufacturer
- Maintenance contractor
- Freight loading company
- Or a government agency
Other factors in semi-truck accidents include:
- Drowsy Driving: Although unadvisable, truck operators often drive for long hours including overnight. Driving while fatigued or sleep-deprived has a direct effect on drivers’ attention spans and decision-making abilities and can result in serious accidents while they are out on the roadway.
- Operator Error: Accidents stemming from operator error are quite common. Just like the driver of a passenger vehicle, truck operators can make accident-causing mistakes behind the wheel. These errors can be the result of driving too fast, reckless or unlawful driving behaviors, driver distractions, and many other reasons.
- Mechanical Failure: There are many cases when a part fails to function the way it was meant to. A defective truck part, like faulty brakes, can easily lead to a truck accident. For this reason, it is important that semi-trucks be subjected to routine maintenance by a qualified professional before it is driven on the roadway.
In these and other scenarios, injured victims may be able to hold the negligent party liable for their injuries.
If you were injured in a semi-truck accident, contact our Utah semi-truck accident attorneys at (801) 350-3506 to schedule a free claim evaluation and find out how we can help you.
The Salt Lake City semi-truck crash attorneys at Jardine Law Offices P.C. P. C., work diligently to ensure their clients see justice done by effectively securing the full amount of compensation as supported by their claims.
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