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Police say truck driver is liable in fatal truck accident


Only a couple hours northwest of the Cabell area, a woman was recently killed in a semi-truck accident.


According to police, the semi-truck driver appears to be at fault in the accident that left the company vehicle the victim was driving pinned between two semi-trucks. The victim in the fatal accident was rear-ended by a semi as she slowed for construction that had reduced the number of lanes available on the roadway. The woman was both behind and in front of semi-trucks in the line of traffic and she, and the semi-truck in front of her, slowed for the construction traffic but the truck driver behind her did not.

The investigation into the multi-vehicle accident is ongoing. However, police have noted the belief that the semi-truck driver who rear-ended the victim's vehicle is the at-fault driver in the crash. The truck driver is employed with a Midwest carrier company and may also face criminal charges in addition to a citation for failure to maintain an assured clear distance. An employer, such as a truck company, may be liable to a victim injured in a trucking accident in some situations.

A truck driver may be liable for negligence in a semi-truck accident if the driver fails to exercise due care and a victim is injured or killed. A negligent driver may include an unqualified truck driver, an inattentive truck driver or a truck driver who is speeding and causes a truck accident. Citations or criminal charges against a party are usually considered evidence of negligence. In addition, depending on the nature of the employment relationship between the truck company and the truck driver, the truck company may also be liable to an injured victim for damages.

Victims and families of victims of 18-wheeler accidents may be able to seek compensation for damages suffered because of the accident. Getting the right information can help victims better understand the process of bringing a claim for damages and determine if that is the best step for victims to take.

Source: Dayton Daily News, "'Semi driver appears to be at fault in fatal crash, Highway Patrol says," Feb. 14, 2014

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