While many fatal truck accidents involve the driver of a commercial truck being accused of wrongdoing in the crash, the fact is that other drivers can sometimes be the ones who are apparently responsible. That appears to be the case in a truck accident which killed the 45-year-old driver of a bread truck in Massachusetts last November. The man who was driving the black Jeep who is believed to have fatally struck the truck driver's vehicle now stands accused of various criminal charges related to the collision.
Massachusetts authorities believe that the 26-year-old man was intoxicated at the time of the fatal accident. Reports indicate that the Jeep was traveling in a reckless manner along I-290 in Auburn before it smacked into the rear of the bread truck. The force of the impact reportedly threw the truck driver a significant distance away from his vehicle. The injured truck driver came to a rest along the interstate, but his wounds were so serious that he did not survive them.
According to individuals who witnessed the crash, the driver of the Jeep failed to stop after pushing the bread truck into a guardrail. Police officials eventually tracked the driver of the Jeep down and put him through a sobriety test, which he supposedly failed. Authorities then arrested the man and he was later charged with serious charges, including motor vehicle homicide involving alcohol and reckless driving, manslaughter by motor vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.
Even though this allegedly responsible driver is now facing criminal charges stemming from this fatal truck accident, the surviving relatives of the truck driver may wish to hold him accountable in civil court as well. Massachusetts law allows such survivors to file wrongful death lawsuits in civil court. This can help them recoup expenses related to a fatal crash, such as medical expenses, funeral expenses and damages from the pain and suffering of losing a loved one far too soon.
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette, "Auburn man pleads not guilty in crash that killed bread truck driver," Gary V. Murray, April 30, 2013