Two Injured in Crash with 18-Wheeler on US-6 in Cherry Valley Township, OH
Cherry Valley, OH — September 13, 2022, two people were seriously injured in a crash with a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 6 in Cherry Valley Township.
Authorities say the incident happened around 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. Route 6 and State Route 193. Preliminary investigation suggests an 18-wheeler was northbound on 193 when the driver allegedly didn't notice a stop sign at US-6. The truck continued through the intersection and crashed into a westbound car.
The car's passenger suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to an area hospital for treatment. The driver was taken to another hospital by ambulance for evaluation. The truck driver was unhurt.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Cherry Valley Truck Accident on US-6
If reports have their facts straight about what happened here then it seems like the truck driver ran a stop sign and failed to yield to cross-traffic. In that case he (and by extension his employer) might be considered at fault for the collision and injuries that followed. However, they're not required to feel the same and may have other ideas about how the wreck "really" happened.
For instance, I see in the news that the truck driver didn't notice the intersection's signage. That may seem like a fairly meaningless detail, but I often caution people not to underestimate the inventiveness of a company's defense attorneys. Alleging that the signage was unclear or hard to see could shift the fault for the accident to whoever put it there or didn't maintain it, so any such argument would have to be met with clear evidence showing any driver exercising reasonable care would have seen the sign and stopped. There's a wide margin between "couldn't see" and "wasn't looking," so it's important to find out which really applies.
I'm not saying I know more than the news provided, but years of working on commercial truck accidents have conditioned me to think about what companies might do in a situation like this one. I've seen trucking companies point fingers at anything and everything but their drivers in efforts to escape liability. Should they choose to seek help with their injuries, victims be ready for that and show up with indisputable evidence that the truck driver's carelessness caused them harm. Preliminary reports, no matter how their details look, typically aren't enough. Will steps be taken here to get the victims what they need?