People often see the extensive physical damage that a truck causes during an accident. However, any loss of life that is part of a preventable truck accident can make the accident even more devastating. The family of a Houston, Texas, man now knows this all too well. The man was merely a half mile away from his residence when he lost his life, all because of the negligent actions of an intoxicated truck driver.
Reportedly, the man was driving his sports utility vehicle through an intersection when a semi-truck driven by a 42-year-old man ran into him. Witnesses indicated that the accident victim had the right of way. According to investigators, the semi-truck driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident. He was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Local media checked into the background of the semi-truck driver and found out that although he had no prior alcohol-related charges, he did have a criminal record. The driver was previously charged with criminal mischief and marijuana possession.
Driving a truck takes considerable skill and discipline. A truck company should employ the most qualified drivers, not just for the sake of business, but for the safety of everyone involved. Unqualified truck drivers are a safety risk on the road.
Serious injuries are typically part of most truck accidents. Victims can be left with permanent disabilities that may prevent them from working and leading a normal life. In these cases, a victim's family can find itself compromised, as well. In a fatal truck accident, family members will have to come to terms with not just the loss of a beloved family member, but with all of the adversity that is likely to follow. This includes the pain and suffering of losing a loved one and the possible financial hardships that often accompany the loss. Although it may not relieve the grief that the family members feel, filing a legal action against a negligent truck driver or truck company can help them deal with the financial implications of their loss.
Source: Click 2 Houston, "Truck driver charged in deadly crash in southwest Houston," Mary Cuervo and Amanda Perez, April 7, 2014