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Semi-Truck Collides with Ambulance, Woman Riding in Ambulance Sues

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Imagine suffering an injury or illness severe enough that you must be rushed to the hospital by ambulance. That is a bad day, right? Now imagine that while you are on the way to the hospital in the ambulance, the ambulance is struck by a semi-truck. Although this scenario might sound like it is from a bad movie, this is exactly what happened to a Madison County woman. According to court documents, a Madison County woman who has recently filed a lawsuit in Madison County Circuit Court, was being transported by ambulance in September 2012 when a semi-truck collided with the ambulance. According to the woman, the accident occurred when the ambulance was traveling south in the left lane on Interstate 55. When the ambulance driver attempted to turn right onto an off-ramp close to mile marker 28, a semi-truck in the right lane of Interstate 55 slammed into the right side of the ambulance. The male truck driver was allegedly driving a Kenmore Motor semi-truck. Now, nearly two years since the accident, the injured woman has brought suit against the individual driver and his employer, Specialized Transport, Inc. The lawsuit accuses the defendants of being negligent in that the driver failed to yield to an emergency vehicle. As a result of the accident, the injured woman incurred medical expenses and court fees and lost wages. The lawsuit seeks more than $100,000 in compensation for these damages.

Truck accidents can be catastrophic. Truck accidents are more complex than most vehicle accidents since trucking laws pertaining to driver fitness and vehicle safety may be implicated. Given the size difference between passenger vehicles and semi-trucks, occupants of passenger vehicles are far more likely to sustain injuries than truck occupants. If a truck driver fails to take actions that a reasonable person would take to prevent a foreseeable risk of harm, the truck driver can be held liable because of his or her negligence.

The personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC are experienced with truck accident claims. Our experts can help if you or someone you know has sustained injuries in a truck accident. Please contact us at (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 for a no-obligation assessment of your potential case.

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