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Winter weather a factor in multi-vehicle truck accident

Earlier this month Kentucky experienced an unusually severe bout of winter weather. Snow and ice packed streets made driving difficult. However, this does not absolve motorists of their duty to drive with due care. This applies even when driving conditions are poor. The failure to slow down and drive with due care when winter weather strikes could lead to serious accidents.

Recently, snow and ice played a role in a multi-vehicle truck accident in Kentucky. A 54-year-old man was driving a semi-truck when he collided with a Safety Patrol truck that was parked in the emergency lane on the right-hand side of the interstate. The Safety Patrol truck's emergency lights were on when the crash occurred. The driver of the Safety Park truck was helping a bus, which had been stalled in the emergency lane.

After hitting the Safety Patrol truck, the driver of the semi-truck then went on to crash into a Ford F-150 service truck, which was in front of the Safety Patrol truck. The force of the collision caused the service truck to hit the bus from behind. Following that, a second semi-truck being driven by a 52-year-man hit the first semi-truck.

All in all, 21 people had to be hospitalized for injuries the suffered in the crash. 18 of these individuals were riding the bus involved in the accident. Their injuries have been described as non-life threatening. Three individuals inside the services truck were hospitalized. Two have been released, and the third, a minor, is in stable condition.

As this shows, accidents resulting from slippery roads can involve multiple vehicles. The more vehicles involved in an accident, the more complex it is to sort out who is at fault and at what percentage. However, this does not diminish the right of truck accident victims to seek compensation for the damages they suffered. By understanding their legal options, accident victims can make choices moving forward that are in their best interests.

Source: wbko.com, "UPDATE: A total of 21 people were injured in the multi-vehicle crash on I-65 in Hart County," Jan. 16, 2018

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