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Salt Lake City, UT (August 12, 2021) – A tractor-trailer overturned and blocked several lanes of traffic on Interstate 15 during rush hour in Salt Lake City after colliding with a passenger vehicle on Thursday, August 12th.

The accident took place in the southbound lanes of Interstate 15 at 400 South at about 9:00 a.m.As a result, the road was closed down for several miles.

According to reports, a passenger car lost control and spun out directly in front of the tractor-trailer causing the two vehicles to collide and the tractor-trailer, which was transporting paper products, rolled onto its side.

Police said the driver of the car was unharmed but the tractor-trailer operator sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Troopers are currently investigating if another car was involved in the accident that could have possibly clipped the first car.

Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.

Tractor-Trailer Accidents in Salt Lake City

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.

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. 

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. 

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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