When people think of a semi-truck accident, they may think of a large truck smashing a smaller passenger car. However, collisions between two semi-trucks can also be deadly. Such was the case recently when two trucks collided in the Kansas City area in an overnight incident. The accident left one of the drivers dead.
Police who were investigating said that one of the trucks, which was hauling a large beam of concrete, and was heading north. Another semi, approaching from the west on a state highway, ran in to the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle heading east died as a result of the accident, and the condition of the driver was not mentioned. Police are continuing to investigate the incident.
While at this point, there is much more to learn about this accident, it is important to know that there are some special legal issues that may go along with these types of accidents.
For instance, while the family of the truck driver who died may be able to collect workers' compensation, they may also need to consider filing a lawsuit if the investigation establishes negligence. This is because workers' compensation benefits are unlikely to cover all losses, particularly for non-economic damages like pain and suffering.
Depending on the extent of the other driver's injuries, the same holds true for his or her potential legal claims.
Any case involving large trucks will almost by necessity require a thorough investigation which, hopefully, will be able to pin down the exact cause of the accident. Moreover, particularly when a truck driver is one of the victims, detailed legal knowledge is helpful in order to ensure that all avenues of compensation get explored.