Legal recourse is available to truck accident victims and their family members when truck accidents occur.

A fuel truck driver has been charged in a fatal truck versus motorcycle accident that occurred recently in a neighboring community. The fuel truck hit the motorcyclist, leaving him pinned. The motorcyclist died at the scene. Although authorities would not comment on the truck driver’s past driving record, he has been charged with driving without an interlock device, driving without a license and failure to yield. The investigation is continuing by the police accident reconstruction and truck teams.

Truck accidents can be particularly devastating, especially when a truck is involved in a collision with a motorcycle. Motorcycles are smaller visual targets and if drivers, including truck drivers, are not exercising due care, a collision may result. Whenever another person’s negligence causes an accident that results in serious injuries or a fatality, the injured victim or family members of the lost victim may be able to seek compensation from the person responsible.

All drivers owe a duty of due care to others they share the roadway with. If a driver does not fulfill the duty of care and cause harm to others on the roadway, this is considered negligence and the party that has suffered harm and injuries may be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages. If the negligent party has been cited or charged with a violation of the law, that circumstance serves as evidence of negligence. In cases when a victim has been killed as a result of the party’s negligence, surviving family members may still be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit for damages which is called a wrongful death lawsuit.

It is important for semi truck accident victims and their loved ones to understand that options exist to help them and protect their interests. The legal system has resources in place to help during a difficult time.

Source: Enterprisenews.com, “Truck driver charged after West Bridgewater crash kills Easton motorcyclist,” Erin Shannon, et al., June 25, 2013