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Fallen logs from truck hit two vehicles

Delivery trucks are often quite immense, and the size and weight of the load they carry is many times larger than the truck. When a truck accident occurs or the contents of a delivery spill from a truck, accidents and damage usually ensue. That, in turn, can mean serious injuries, damage to property and road closures.

A logging truck recently crashed when its content of logs shifted. The truck was traveling in a northbound lane when the load moved, causing logs to roll over the concrete wall in the median and into the southbound lanes. Two vehicles were hit by the oncoming logs, sending one driver to the hospital. The wreck and the fallen logs caused all the lanes in both directions of the interstate to be shut down for cleanup.

When negligent driving has resulted in a truck accident, the victim typically is entitled to bring a civil lawsuit for damages. The potential recovery may medical bills, damaged property, lost wages and pain and suffering. The purpose of such awards from personal injury suits are to assist with costs incurred by the accident, and perhaps to also deter negligent driving.

In this case, although the cause of the crash is still under investigation, it was determined that the wreck was caused by the load shifting while in route. If the logs were improperly loaded, there could be a case for negligence.

Although the cause of the accident in this story is atypical, its consequences are not. This and other truck accidents can impact innocent drivers and their loved ones -- people who might not even have been directly involved in the accident. Road closures and cleanups can be timely and can affect many residents and commuters.

Source: wsaz.com, "UPDATE: I-79 Reopens after Logging Truck Accident," Aug. 22, 2012

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