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Trucking company found liable in accident that killed driver

Not all accidents can be prevented. But when an accident occurs because of a judgment error or negligence, the person or party responsible for the negligence should be held accountable. A truck accident can create a massive accident site, involve several vehicles and result in serious injuries or death. These tremendous vehicles usually travel long distances and require regular maintenance and check-ups. Ensuring that semi-trucks and tractor-trailers are safe for driving not only ensures that the trucks get to their destination on time but also prevents accidents that could injure the driver or others on the road.

A New Jersey trucking company was found guilty of allowing the operation of a truck that had a faulty brake system. The truck in question was a tractor-trailer that was carrying large concrete water pipes to a construction site. While en route, the driver lost control of the tractor-trailer causing the truck to crash. The truck landed on its side and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

After investigation, police charged the trucking company for permitting the truck to be operated with a hazardous brake system, which caused the death of the driver. After being found liable, the trucking company was ordered to pay costs and a fine of $300. The loved ones of a truck driver killed in an accident like this can file a workers’ compensation claim for death benefits. If someone other than the trucker is killed or injured in an accident caused by the fault of the truck driver or his employer, that person can bring a personal injury suit against the trucking company and the driver.

Routine checks are important for all vehicles, but because trucks typically travel long distances and are in constant use, check-ups are required by state and federal law. Drivers should not only watch their speeds but be aware of any parts of the vehicle that are not operating properly.

Source: Pottsville Republican Herald “Judge: Truck in fatal East Union Township crash had bad brakes,” Peter E. Bortner, Dec 13, 2012

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