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Big rig driver accused of causing chain-reaction crash on I-94

Three SUVs, a sedan and a semi truck were involved in a recent accident in North Dakota. Although nobody suffered life-threatening injuries, several people were sent to the hospital. This crash appears to have been caused by the failure of the big rig driver to drive with the necessary care.

An accident report by the North Dakota Highway Patrol indicates that the crash occurred in Bismarck on eastbound Interstate 94 where it crosses the Grant Marsh Bridge. Four vehicles were stopped at a point where road construction is under way. At approximately 5:30 p.m., a semi truck crashed into the rear of one SUV, causing the chain reaction that involved all four stationary vehicles.

It is not clear whether the 57-year-old semi driver was distracted or whether there was a mechanical failure, but he was cited for careless driving. The occupants of the vehicle that took the brunt of the rear-end collision were all taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. They included two adults and three children. The driver of one other SUV was also injured and taken to the hospital.

The occupants of the vehicles that were struck by the big rig in this crash were fortunate not to suffer severe injuries. However, ambulance trips, emergency care and hospitalization can be costly. Victims are entitled to seek damage recovery by filing personal injury lawsuits in a North Dakota civil court. Once negligence is established, the court will study documented claims and may enter a monetary judgment against the negligent big rig driver and the company that owns the semi.

Source: jamestownsun.com, "Six injured in chain reaction crash in Bismarck", July 6, 2017

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