A 77–year-old woman was injured in a tractor trailer crash in Buffalo, Minnesota on June 2, 2016 at about 12:45 p.m. The accident happened at Highway 55 and Willems Way at milepost 156. The vehicle she was driving, a 2014 Chevrolet Impala, was moving eastbound on Highway 55. At the intersection, the Impala had the green light. A 2000 Peterbuilt Conventional semi truck went into the intersection as the light turned red. The vehicles met in a sideswipe accident.
A woman from Buffalo, Minnesota, driver of the Impala, was injured in the accident. The driver of the semi was not injured. The four-lane divided road was dry at the time of the accident.
All drivers must use reasonable care when operating their vehicles on the road. Drivers of semi trucks are held to a higher standard because their vehicles are capable of causing serious injury and death. Failing to yield right-of-way at an intersection controlled by a red light is a serious offense that constitutes a hazard to others on the road.
Failure to yield right of way is a serious and dangerous violation of the law. In fact, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration analyzes the unsafe driving behavior of semi truck operators, and has issued violation severity weights for these behaviors. Failing obey traffic control devices rates a 5 out of 10, but in many circumstances there may also be a reckless driving violation.
After a crash when a commercial truck driver is responsible, you may be able to sue several parties for personal injury. The owner of the trucking company, the owner of the freight, the driver’s employer, or a parent company may be liable. Read on to learn more.