Mini driver escapes semi-truck car accident with minor injuries

The driver of a Mini Cooper that was involved in a collision with a semi-truck surprisingly escaped the recent Oklahoma accident with just bumps and bruises. However, the driver of the larger vehicle was not so lucky; the man behind the wheel of the tractor-trailer rig was hospitalized after the July 14 car accident. Official reports show that the wreck occurred on Oklahoma 34 just north of the town of Woodward.

In this case, the at-fault driver appears to be the 60-year-old woman behind the wheel of the smaller vehicle. She was driving south on the road when her vehicle drifted left of center. The 41-year-old driver of the tractor-trailer attempted to avoid striking the vehicle, but he lost control of his own rig.

Authorities say that the smaller vehicle flew off of the road and rolled several times. The semi-truck also plunged off of the road, with the driver overcorrecting and causing his vehicle to begin a broadslide. The man was ejected from his vehicle as it rolled; the truck came to rest on the driver's side. That victim suffered injuries to his arm and leg, along with potential brain injuries and internal wounds. The at-fault drive was treated at the Woodward Regional Hospital, but she has already been released.

In this type of wreck, one would generally assume that the driver of the smaller vehicle would suffer more serious injury. However, that is clearly not always the case. Even drivers of semi-trucks may be entitled to compensation from the motorist who caused their serious injury through this type of car wreck. At-fault drivers should be held accountable for their negligence through payment of medical expenses and other civil complaints.

Source: Enid News and Eagle, "Semi-Mini Cooper collision leaves one hospitalized" Jul. 15, 2014

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