A Minnesota man was injured on Monday, May 16, 2016 when the 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer he was driving was rear-ended by a 2009 Volvo VNL semi tractor trailer at milepost 129 near Sauk Center. The accident happened on Interstate 94 in Stearns County at 9:20 a.m. The SUV was traveling eastbound and braked to avoid two deer crossing the road, and the semi hit the SUV.
A 55-year-old man from Villard was injured in the accident and was taken to CentreCare Health-Sauk Centre. The driver of the semi, 54-year-old David Dunham of Pelican Rapids, was not injured in the accident. A passenger in the semi truck as also not hurt. The roadway was dry at the time of the crash.
Under Minnesota law, drivers of these big rigs must use extreme care to avoid these types of accidents. Factors that may play into such an accident include distracted driving, driving too close, or speeding. If the vehicle is not properly maintained, the brakes may not work properly to stop the truck in time. Read on to learn how our truck accident lawyers help people injured in these types of crashes.
Semi tractor trailers can cause injury and death on our nation’s roads, especially when the drivers of these vehicles aren’t paying attention or are distracted. The trucks are heavier and longer than passenger cars, even SUVs and pickup trucks, and that differential can be crucial.
When you have been injured in a semi crash, things may seem overwhelming. You have to report the accident to your insurance adjuster, and you may have other insurance agencies or the trucking company trying to contact you or asking you to sign forms. Choose an experienced and compassionate personal injury attorney to help you navigate through these issues at this difficult time.