A trucking accident lawyer notes that a truck driver who allegedly caused a fatal multicar accident faces manslaughter and aggravated driving under the influence. Two people died when the semi loaded with lumber overturned and struck three oncoming vehicles. 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.
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Report: Truck Driver Was Driving Despite Having a Revoked License
A truck driver who was involved in a multicar crash that claimed two lives in Maine in March 2016 made his first appearance in court, where he faced charges of manslaughter as well as aggravated driving under the influence. The Bangor Daily News reports that the tragic accident occurred when the trucker allegedly drifted across the center line and into an oncoming traffic lane. The semi collided with two vehicles, causing fatal injuries to both drivers, before hitting a third car. The driver of the third vehicle, which rolled over and subsequently struck a fourth vehicle, was transported to a local hospital with injuries.
According to officials, blood testing performed at the scene of the crash indicated that the driver’s blood alcohol concentration level was above the legal limit and at more than twice the legal limit for commercial drivers. The trucker, who was reportedly driving despite the revocation of his license, also admitted to taking hydrocodone, an opioid pain medicine. Data from the semi truck’s engine control module indicates that the trucker was traveling more than 15 miles per hour over the speed limit when the accident occurred, 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 Trucking Accident 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 trucking accident lawyer to help them protect their legal rights.
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