Trucking accident attorneys note a second semi truck accident lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a victim who suffered multiple injuries in a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 75 in June 2015. Six people died and many were injured when a semi truck driver failed to slow down in a construction zone and collided with several vehicles.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident involving a semi truck, contact Attorney Group today to learn more about your options. We can answer your questions in a free, no-obligation consultation. If you decide to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated trucking accident lawyer.
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Lawsuit Alleges Lack of Reasonable Care Before Accident
According to a news report, the lawsuit claims that the trucking company who hired the driver failed to show reasonable care in some aspects of hiring and managing the truck driver. The lawsuit and a preliminary crash report offer details leading up to the accident, including:
- The driver had been driving for 45 hours straight at the time of the accident.
- The driver side-swiped another truck in Florida on the day before the crash.
- The trucking company did not require the driver to submit to a drug test after the collision in Florida.
Plaintiff Suffered Brain Injury
The news report continued, noting that the plaintiff suffered a brain injury as a result of the crash, and that the truck driver, the trucking company, and the owners of the trucking company were named in the $12.75 million lawsuit. The plaintiff’s attorney issued a statement in which he hoped that the lawsuit might shed light on current federal regulations involving drug testing truck drivers:
“We want stricter guidelines as far as when a truck driver is involved in a wreck, taking them off the road pending the results of a drug test. Not giving the company the opportunity to decide one way or the other.”
Injured Drivers or Passengers May Be Entitled to Compensation
Trucking companies and their drivers have a duty to maintain and operate semi trucks in a reasonably safe manner. If this duty is not fulfilled, accidents may occur, and the company can be held liable for injuries that may result from the truck driver operating the vehicle in an unsafe manner.
Drivers or passengers who are injured in semi truck accidents may be entitled to compensation for damages resulting from their injuries, including:
- Medical expenses
- The permanency of an injury
- Loss of income or ability to work
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish resulting from an injury
If a driver or passenger is killed in a semi truck accident, his or her family members may be able to pursue compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one. Wrongful death damages can include:
- Mental anguish, and pain and suffering from the loss of a loved one
- Loss of relationship or a loved one’s financial support
- Funeral expenses
- Conscious pain and suffering or a loved one prior to death
Trucking accidents often present complicated issues, such as determining all potential responsible parties, and negotiating fair and reasonable compensation for injuries and other damages is likewise often difficult. People who have been injured in a trucking accident are advised to seek the counsel of an American trucking accident attorney.
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If you have been injured, or a loved one killed, in a semi truck accident, contact Attorney Group to learn more about your options. You can fill out the form on this page, call us at the number listed at the top of the page, or email us at [email protected].
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Please note that the law limits the time you have to pursue a claim for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.
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