As trucks are often towing heavy loads, they can be harder to control and prone to accidents. Furthermore, depending on the content of the load, trucking accidents can result in widespread damage affecting multiple other drivers. An accident in Massachusetts proved costly for the family involved when an accident claimed the life of a goat they were grooming to be a champion.
The four individuals in the truck were heading to a country fair in Kentucky to show their goats. The 24 animals were in a camping trailer attached to the back of the truck. Unfortunately, the driver, a 53-year-old woman from Rehoboth, lost control when she was passed by a tractor-trailer. Her vehicle and the attached camping trailer rolled over, coming to rest at the side of the road.
The prize-winning goat was the only casualty of the accident. No one else was seriously hurt. The goats were transported from the scene with the help of Charlton animal control and the owner of Sturbridge Service Center, who had been called to remove the wreckage.
The loss of the goat was understandably upsetting for the occupants of the vehicle, but they were fortunate that the toll was not greater. Even so, accidents such as this can be deeply distressing, leaving the victims shaken for some time after the event.
If you are involved in a truck accident, you may be concerned about the cost of repairing your vehicle, not to mention any medical expenses you may have incurred. If this is the case, an attorney can assist you in pursuing a fair payout from your insurance company, or even seeking compensation if someone else was responsible for your accident.
Source: Telegram, “Prize-winning goat dies in rollover on Mass Pike,” Craig S. Semon, July 12, 2014