Being distracted while driving can be very dangerous and potentially lead to an accident. Drivers should do their best to be aware of their surroundings and take care not to text and drive or participate in other distracting activities. Unfortunately, even though the dangers are clear, some truck drivers may fall victim to distractions that can cause truck accidents.
A man was recently charged in relation to an Ohio accident that resulted in at least one fatality. It was reported that the accident took place when the truck driver was driving on the Interstate and hit an unoccupied vehicle. The driver then lost control and crossed into the opposite lanes of travel. The truck then collided with two vehicles traveling the other way.
One of the drivers suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other driver was seriously injured and transported to a hospital. It was recently discovered that the truck driver had falsified his log book and had also been texting before the accident took place. Some of the texts had been deleted, but authorities were able to recover them. As a result, the truck driver is facing charges of manslaughter, tampering with evidence and multiple other allegations.
Truck accidents can cause severe damage and fatalities, which was unfortunately the case in this crash. If the driver is convicted of any or all of the criminal charges leveled against him, the family of the deceased victim and the seriously injured party may be able to use those outcomes as evidence should they wish to file civil claims against the driver and the driver’s employer. Information on wrongful death claims in Ohio may prove valuable to the victim’s surviving family members.
Source: cincinnati.com, “Sheriff: Truck driver in fatal crash was texting“, Henry Molski, May 28, 2015