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I-75 truck accident leaves one injured

A truck driver on Interstate 75 near Vandalia was caught while in the process of fleeing the scene of a crash March 28. The truck accident occurred near the Northwoods exit on the northbound side of the interstate when the tractor-trailer made an improper lane change and struck an SUV driven by a woman.

The victim sustained minor injuries in the crash but was treated and released at the scene. The truck driver continued traveling and reportedly did not stop at the scene of the accident. Ohio State Troopers caught the driver about 30 miles north of the accident site. He will be charged with improper lane change as well as leaving the scene of an accident.

Traffic was backed up along a stretch of the highway near the Northwoods exit after the crash. Police continue to investigate the initial cause of the crash. In many hit-and-run crashes involving semi trucks, the driver may be unaware that he or she has hit another person or vehicle; however, it appears from police reports in this case that the driver may have been aware of the contact.

Victims of truck accidents often suffer serious injury, given the relative size of a passenger vehicle and a semi tractor-trailer. Those injured in truck accidents caused by the truck drivers may be entitled to collect damages for their injuries, including payment of medical costs for treatment, prescriptions, physical therapy and emergency room visits. They may also be able to collect payment for increased living expenses and even pain and suffering. Many truck accident victims find that a personal injury attorney may be able to help them recover these damages.

Source: WHIO TV, "Trucker cited in I-75 hit-and-run," March 28, 2013

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