A tractor trailer injury lawyer notes that a FedEx truck driver who allegedly hit a California Highway Patrol officer while the officer was working an accident has been charged with DUI. In addition to criminal charges, people who drive under the influence may be liable to the others they harm, and victims of negligence, as well as the families of those killed, may be eligible to recover compensation with the help of a semi truck accident lawyer.
For more information, contact the American Injury Attorney Group today. Our consultations are free, confidential and without any obligation on your part. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated tractor trailer injury lawyer who can assist you throughout the legal process.
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Report: Second Serious Accident Involving a FedEx Truck in Sacramento in Five Months
Authorities are reportedly pressing charges of driving under the influence against a FedEx truck driver who allegedly injured a California Highway Patrol officer during an early-morning accident near Sacramento. The officer was working on a Highway 50 off-ramp at the scene of a hit-and-run crash in May 2016, when the truck driver allegedly struck him at around 3:30 a.m., according to The Sacramento Bee. Authorities have not determined whether the truck directly hit the officer or struck him after colliding with the man’s patrol vehicle.
Alarmingly, this is the second serious accident involving a FedEx truck driver to occur in recent months in Sacramento. In December, a motorist died when a FedEx driver crossed into oncoming traffic after losing control of his truck due to inclement weather conditions. Fortunately, the officer who was injured in the most recent accident is expected to survive, even though he reportedly suffered major injuries during the crash, the website reported.
Criminal Liability for Drunk Driving Accidents is Different Than Civil Liability
Regardless of the outcome of any criminal action against the driver, the determination of the criminal court is different than any civil case that may be brought against the driver. In a criminal matter, a person is accused of a crime and, if convicted, can be sentenced to jail or probation. Sometimes monetary fines and restitution are imposed on the guilty party.
However, the outcome of a criminal matter is often not relevant to a civil matter that could be brought against the person committing the wrongful act. A person who drives drunk commits a crime, but if that person also injures or kills another person while driving drunk, he or she may face civil liability in addition to criminal charges.
In a civil case, a person’s actions are not judged on whether they were illegal, but instead on whether they constituted negligence, reckless or malicious behavior, or other fault. If those actions are found to constitute fault, and if those actions caused injury to another person, then the wrongful actor may be held liable to the injured party for the payment of money to compensate for the injuries and other damages caused.
How a Tractor Trailer Injury Lawyer Can Help
Truck drivers and trucking companies have a duty to make sure that they operate and maintain their vehicles in a safe manner. If this duty is not fulfilled, a tractor trailer accident may occur, and the truck driver or trucking company can be held liable for injuries that may result.
Drivers or passengers who are injured in a tractor trailer accident may be entitled to compensation for damages resulting from their injuries, including:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Scarring and disfigurement
The families of those killed may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.
People who have been injured in a tractor trailer accident are advised to seek the advice of an experienced tractor trailer injury lawyer to help them protect their legal rights.
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