3 Injured in Concord, NH, Dump Truck Accident on I-93
Concord, NH -- March 14, 2019, three people were injured due to an accident where a dump truck struck an overpass along I-93.
Investigators with the New Hampshire State Police indicated that the crash happened at around 6:30 a.m.
A dump truck was apparently traveling down I-93 with its dump bed raised. As a result, it struck the Route 4 overpass, sending debris into the road. Multiple vehicles swerving to avoid the debris then collided.
Emergency responders arrived on scene and transported three drivers to local hospitals with unspecified injuries.
Police charged the truck driver with negligent driving. Additional details remain unclear.
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After truck accidents, I always caution people that the trucking company is going to try and shift the blame onto someone else to avoid liability. But with a crash like this, who could they possibly blame?
One possibility is that the trucking company says the victims got hurt because they, "failed to take proper evasive maneuvers." That might sound like a ridiculous argument, and most of the time it is. But there are two things to keep in mind. One is that the law does hold drivers to some standard of paying attention and avoiding accidents if possible. If they could have avoided the crash but failed, they might bear some responsibility. The other thing to consider is victims have the burden of proving what caused their injuries. The trucking company can basically say whatever they want. Victims and families need evidence and legal tools to show why their defense is wrong. They can't just point to a news article and think the preliminary reports will speak for themselves.
In other words, the details surrounding this crash certainly appear indefensible, but the trucking company is likely to attempt to avoid responsibility anyway. Those hurt in the crash need to prepare themselves accordingly.
--Grossman Law Offices