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Marion truck crash causes injuries

The 2.8 million truck drivers in this county are susceptible to accidents and health problems from their occupation. The U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has reported that U.S. truck drivers were seven times more likely to die on the job and 25 times more likely to suffer an occupational injury or illness than the average worker in 2004.

As South Carolina residents may be aware, truckers also confront health issues such as fatigue, sleep deprivation, stress and chemical exposure according to NIOSH. A truck accident is especially dangerous when the average fully-loaded commercial truck weighs 80,000 pounds compared to 3,000 pounds for a passenger vehicle.

Two semi-trucks collided on Highway 51 in Marion County on March 15. A log truck traveling northbound ran a red light and struck an 18-wheeler that was attempting to cross the highway. The South Carolina State Police reported that there were injuries from this tractor-trailer accident.

The Marion Fire Department and Marion County Sheriff's Office responded. After the tractor-trailer crash, the semi-truck was overturned and the log truck stood upright. The accident was cleared by the afternoon. Unfortunately, traffic flow was hindered until that time.

A truck accident victim may be entitled to compensation for injuries and lost wages caused by a reckless or negligent driver or for injuries caused by defective vehicles or equipment. A truck driver exposed to occupational hazards may also seek compensation. Family members may file a wrongful death accident if a family member dies in an accident. Investigations should begin promptly to obtain evidence, police reports and eyewitness statements. Time periods often restrict the period in which an individual must file an action.

Source: WMBF News, "Crews clear Hwy. 501 after semi crash," March 15, 2013

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