Jeremy Thurman on January 10, 2012
Tulsa is starting the year off with a semi truck accident. A semi trailer truck hit a bus traveling eastbound on Interstate 44 on the morning of January 9, 2012. Fortunately, no one was killed, but a 69-year-old woman was transported to the hospital in serious condition, while a 49-year-old man was treated at the scene. The accident is disturbing not only to our Tulsa attorneys who handle semi truck accident cases, but to anyone, for a couple of reasons.
The semi truck hit a Tulsa Transit Lift bus, which is part of a program in Tulsa that transports people with disabilities. Some of the people who use Tulsa Transit Lift are already in wheelchairs, or dealing with other physical challenges, making them vulnerable to injury. To be involved in an accident with a semi truck put them at risk to potentially suffer further or more devastating disability.
But what makes this accident even more frightening is that it was caused when the semi truck tried to change lanes, and forced the bus into the center retaining wall. All the facts aren’t in yet, but one conclusion that may be drawn is that the truck driver didn’t see the bus, either because he didn’t look, or because the bus was in the truck’s blind spot.
Sharing the roads with semi trucks is dangerous. A semi trailer truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. To put that in perspective, most passenger vehicles weigh between 3,000 and 4,000 pounds. There’s no contest. Semi truck accidents usually end badly for the other vehicles involved.
In Oklahoma, truck accidents are common because so many industry vehicles travel through the state carrying products to other parts of the country. Luckily, this accident was minor in comparison to most, and there were no fatalities. This is not usually the case.
It’s our hope that the injured parties recover quickly, and that the cause of the accident can be determined so that future accidents of this kind can be avoided.