Tractor-trailers are known as the backbone of the United States economy. These massive vehicles are used to ship goods and merchandise across the country. The interstates and highways that cross the state of Oklahoma are heavily utilized by these big rigs. For those in passenger vehicles, traveling close to tractor-trailers can be very intimidating. Due to their massive size, truck accidents are more likely to be serious or fatal.
A tragic accident between a car and a tractor-trailer in Konawa resulted in the deaths of a woman and a young child. The crash happened at the intersection Highway 39 and County Road 3520. According to reports, a tractor-trailer was traveling north on County Road 3520 approaching the intersection. Police said the driver of the tractor-trailer failed to stop at the intersection and struck an eastbound sedan on Highway 39.
Reportedly, after hitting the sedan, the tractor-trailer continued and collided with another car. Tragically, authorities said a female passenger and a 2-year-old child in the sedan were both killed in the crash. The driver of the sedan was airlifted to a local medical center with serious injuries. Both occupants of the other car were also taken to a hospital with injuries, reports said.
Although tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles are vital to the economy, they can be incredibly dangerous. Truck drivers are required to undergo special training to legally operate these vehicles, but this does not prevent them from making mistakes. Oklahoma families who have suffered loss due to negligence in truck accidents may want to consider discussions with a legal representative. A successful lawsuit could result in much-needed compensation to help families through this difficult time.