Magna, UT (July 26, 2021) – A multi-vehicle collision involving two tractor-trailers put three people in the hospital with critical injuries and shut down traffic in both directions on State Route 201 on Monday, July 26th.
A report from the Utah Highway Patrol states that the two tractor-trailers were part of a four-vehicle accident that ignited fires in some of the involved vehicles. Traffic was rerouted around the scene. The area remained closed until after 8:00 p.m., according to the Utah Highway Patrol.
Troopers reported that the driver of a white pick-up truck was driving recklessly on 7200 West and crashed into multiple vehicles before entering State Route 201. The pick-up then ran a red light causing the driver of an oncoming tractor-trailer to swerve to the right in an effort to avoid a collision. The maneuver was unsuccessful and the two vehicles collided. The force of the impact shoved the tractor-trailer head-first into a dump truck that was stopped for a red light. The two oversized trucks immediately caught fire.
After the white pick0up truck struck the tractor-trailer, it continued through the intersection and T-boned a Subaru, which was also stopped at a red light.
The circumstances of the crash remain under investigation.
Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
The Utah Highway Safety Office reported that, in 2001, there a total of 2, 884 accidents involving tractor-trailers took place. 824 of these accidents resulted in victim injuries and an additional 36 were responsible for victim fatalities. 2010 saw a drastic increase in those totals, with more than 500,000 tractor-trailer accidents occurring throughout the year. These collisions left upwards of 100,000 victims suffering from critical injuries, and approximately 5000 victims dead.
When victims are injured in accidents caused by the negligence of other drivers, it is crucial that they seek legal guidance from a skilled and knowledgeable tractor-trailer accident attorney in Salt Lake City as soon as possible. When victims are harmed in collisions, through no fault of their own, they are often able to obtain compensation from wrongdoers to alleviate the financial costs they face for medical treatment, lost wages, property repairs, and a variety of other economic and non-economic damages.
Tractor-trailer accidents that are frequently caused by negligence on the part of the trucking company itself include overloaded or overweight trailers, defective truck parts, inadequate or no maintenance, insufficient driver training, speeding or other illegal driving habits, especially when coupled with bad weather or road conditions, and drivers who are exhausted from being overworked who are more likely to make miscalculations and other errors of judgment.
At Jardine Law Offices P. C., our Utah personal injury attorneys fight aggressively to ensure our clients get the justice they rightfully deserve. Our skilled and knowledgeable attorneys review the circumstances surrounding each of our client’s cases to determine the most appropriate course of action. We put together solid legal claims that we leverage against defendants while demanding full and fair compensation for victims.
Between 1992 and 2002, the number of tractor-trailers involved in deadly collisions has seen a 10% increase caused mainly by preventable circumstances such as driver fatigue, unsafe truck operation, oversized and unbalanced payloads, and faulty equipment. Accidents involving oversized commercial trucks are also subject to the same causative factors as other vehicles, including driver fatigue, drunk driving, driver error, equipment malfunction, and insufficient maintenance.
Our team pays keen attention to detail and we strive to do everything in our power to get our clients the maximum amount of compensation available for their claims so they can move forward in the best position possible to reach their goals in recovery. If you have been injured in a car accident as a result of another person’s actions, contact our Utah personal injury attorneys at (801) 350-3506 to schedule a free case evaluation to see how we can help you.
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