Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC
Driving is considered a privilege that is regulated by the state. For this reason, American drivers, including those who operate commercial trucks in Summit County, Ohio, are required to abide by federal and state road regulations and operate a vehicle with all due care. Certain catastrophic consequences can follow if these rules are ignored. The consequences of commercial vehicle accidents can last a lifetime when a truck driver’s negligence results in serious injuries or fatalities.
A semi-truck driver is facing several consequences following a fatal commercial vehicle accident in Delaware County. According to the report, the 58-year-old driver is facing criminal charges of two counts of vehicular homicide.
Investigators claimed that the truck driver failed to heed a stop light and reportedly rear-ended a vehicle, causing a collision into a third vehicle. The truck then rolled into the intersection and hit a fourth vehicle, with the death of two people, a 69-year-old woman and her 71-year-old passenger, as the final result of the collisions. Four people also sustained injuries in the crash and were sent to different hospitals.
Authorities have confirmed that the truck driver did not have an outstanding criminal history but was involved in an injury-related crash less than a year ago.
A commercial vehicle accident can result in a fatality and extensive damage, which is why commercial vehicle drivers should drive safely and never take road regulations for granted. The lives of motorists are in danger otherwise. The driver, together with his or her employer may face civil liability for the losses and injuries suffered by any victims.
Source: NBC4i.com, “Driver in double-fatal Delaware Co. crash pleads not guilty,” Denise Yost, Aug. 22, 2014