18-Wheeler Accident Shuts Down I-80 Interchange; Driver Charged With OVI

April 11, 2016 | Crandall & Pera Law
18-Wheeler Accident Shuts Down I-80 Interchange; Driver Charged With OVI

An 18-wheeler leaving Truck World in Hubbard closed the I-80/Route 62 interchange overnight on March 24 after the driver struck several utility poles. The downed poles and wires created dangerous conditions that were exacerbated by high winds and heavy rainfall. The driver, Adam Plaxco, 36, was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle while impaired (OVI) and failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle.

DWI, DUI, and OVI: What is the difference?

In Ohio, OVI is an umbrella term for operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A DUI or DWI is applied to drivers operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Depending on the level of impairment, offenders face stiff penalties including license suspension, expensive fines and even jail time. Plaxco’s negligence in operating his truck under the influence of alcohol placed first responders in harms way and created major problems for Friday’s commuters. WKBN 27 reported that the Route 62 interchanges remained blocked for more than 18 hours, causing a massive disruption in traffic. Thankfully, no one was injured during the accident or the resulting cleanup. The incident is a graphic illustration of the force that big rigs represent. Even at low speed, the truck was able to snap massive utility poles like toothpicks. This relatively minor incident was enough to shut down a major highway interchange for more than two days.

Big rigs create dangerous conditions

We have written about the threats that tractor-trailers pose to other motorists, but we cannot say it enough; big trucks cause big damage. Something as simple as a tire blowout can be fatal to other drivers. Even when other cars are not involved, truck accident debris can create dangerous driving conditions and cause lasting damage to local areas. Unfortunately, precaution isn’t enough to avoid an accident. When you or a loved one is involved in commercial truck accident, the effects can be devastating. Big collisions are often fatal, and even when they are not, serious injuries are common. If you or a loved sustained injuries in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. The experienced Ohio commercial truck accident lawyers at Crandall & Pera Law can evaluate your case and help get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.