Military Truck Hits Bridge And Loses Cargo; 1 Killed
Authorities in Oklahoma City reported that a military truck's cargo became dislodged in an accident that happened on the afternoon of July 31. The truck, which was hauling a container, hit a railroad overpass according to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. The container fell off and crushed a pickup truck that was traveling in the opposite direction, killing the pickup's driver.
An ODOT spokesman told the news source that any commercial truck taller than 13.5 feet needs a permit from the Department of Public Safety to operate. ODOT said there is a warning sign within 1,000 feet of the bridge on the roadway's eastbound side, which is in accordance with federal regulations. The news source reported that the bridge measures 13.75 feet, is owned by a railroad company and does not feature any signage. Local police said it may take weeks to piece together what happened.
When someone is killed in a truck accident such as this, it can be difficult to assign responsibility for the incident. If retained for a wrongful death suit, an attorney for the victim's family might review the accident report, once it is completed, as well as witness accounts in order to build a case against the party, or parties, believed to be responsible.
There could be more than one defendant in a wrongful death suit that stemmed from this incident. The tractor-trailer driver could be deemed liable if a jury were convinced that he or she was guilty of negligence. The company that owns the bridge could also be found liable if an attorney could demonstrate that the lack of signage contributed to the accident.
Source: News 9, "Investigation Into Deadly OKC Accident Involving Container Truck Continues", Chris McKinnon, August 01, 2014