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Truck accident at a Texas McDonald's injures 7

A crash at an Amarillo fast-food restaurant on April 8 resulted in multiple injuries. According to city officials, seven people needed medical attention after the auto accident.

Officials said that a semi-truck transporting a load of hay was traveling in the southbound lanes of North Pierce Street just before 10 p.m. and collided with a white Honda at the intersection of Amarillo Boulevard. After that collision, the semi-truck's driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle, jumped a curb and ran into a Ford Explorer that was parked at the McDonald's. The semi-truck did not come to a stop but pushed the Explorer through the wall of the McDonald's restaurant, where the semi-truck toppled over onto the SUV.

Paramedics took the drivers of the semi-truck and the Explorer to a hospital. Three occupants of the white Honda and two patrons from inside the McDonald's also needed hospitalization, authorities said. All are expected to survive their injuries.

While trucking accidents are perilous in nature, their aftermath is often complex and much different than that of car accidents, since both the state and federal government regulate commercial trucking. There are several issues that accompany a trucking accident, such as driver qualifications, corporate liability for negligent hiring, operator liability for leased vehicles as well as numerous guidelines set forth by the Texas Department of Transportation.

These issues may be difficult to navigate for victims of trucking accidents, who furthermore are left to cope with huge medical bills while trying to recover from their injuries. Many victims consult with attorneys to learn more about filing personal injury suits to seek compensation from truckers or truck owners.

Source: ConnectAmarillo.com, "7 people injured in multi-car accident at McDonald's," Grayson Edds, April 9, 2014

Source: News Channel 10, "UPDATE: Seven people to hospital after truck crashes into McDonald's", April 09, 2014

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