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Families wait as truck case proceeds: driver pleads not guilty

Accidents involving trucks can have devastating results. Due to the truck's size and speed, truck accidents account for numerous driving injuries and fatalities, and often, a single accident with a truck can start a disastrous chain reaction.

In August of last year, we wrote about the multiple-vehicle chain reaction crash in Monclova Township, Ohio, which resulted in the deaths of three individuals. The accident occurred when a semi-truck was attempting to merge onto I-475 North, when the driver accidentally hit a disabled pickup. This accident ignited the chain reaction crash, which killed three people. Another driver who had stopped to help was critically injured after jumping from the bridge to avoid being hit by the semi-truck.

The 65-year-old semi-truck driver was charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter, and negligent homicide in the crashes of Aug. 4, 2011. A week ago, the semi-truck driver plead not guilty in Maumee Municipal Court to misdemeanor criminal and traffic charges. The judge granted the driver a recognizance bond and he is due back in court at a later date.

If the driver is convicted of any of these charges, the families of the victims may be able to recover economic and non-economic damages, including lost wages and damages for pain and suffering. They may also be able to recover civil damages against the driver. An attorney handling this case or similar claims stemming from motor vehicle accidents may be able to provide legal assistance and a sense of closure for victims and their families.

Source: foxtoledo.com, "Trucker pleads not guilty to August 2011 crash," March 30, 2012

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