Can the Company That Owns the Freight Being Hauled be Sued for Personal Injury?
Yes, in some cases the company that owns the freight being hauled can be sued, along with the truck driver, for personal injury. The accident investigation discussed below is in its preliminary stage, so it is not yet clear who is legally responsible for the injuries.
Accident Involving Big Rig Hauling Cosmetics and Box Truck Hauling La-Z-Boy Furniture
Three people were seriously hurt in an accident in Brookfield Township on February 24, 2016 when two semi tractor trucks collided. The accident occurred at State Route 82 and Warner Road just before 10:00 a.m.
Those injured were a 38-year-old man from Tarentum, PA, a 56-year-old man from West Middlesex, PA, and a 41-year-old man from Tarentum, PA. One was a passenger in one of the trucks. Investigators say that charges are pending in this accident.
The semi was transporting cosmetics. The driver of the box truck was hauling La-Z-Boy furniture, and he had a passenger, who was injured. Initial reports state that the truck that Mr. Arms was driving was proceeding northbound on Warner Road and stopped at the intersection of Route 82. One driver failed to yield and drove into the path of the semi, which was traveling westbound on Route 82. All three men were taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown with serious injuries.
The trucking industry is regulated by federal laws. These laws state that drivers must be specially trained and have a special license to operate these big rigs. They also regulate the number of hours a truck driver can be on the road. In addition, state traffic laws state that drivers of these big rigs must use extra caution.