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Trial set for driver in deadly Ohio truck accident

A man charged in a January trucking accident is set to stand trial in September. The truck accident occurred on the Ohio Turnpike and killed one highway worker and injured two other workers. The driver faces a misdemeanor charge of vehicular homicide after a grand jury indicted the man for negligently causing the death of the worker.

The truck accident happened during the morning hours. The driver of the tanker truck drifted into a closed-off section of the road, crossing over cones marking the area under construction.

According to the prosecutor, the scene following the accident was a complete mess because of all the vehicles and fuel spills. The chaos made it difficult to determine exactly how the driver of the tanker hit the workers.

Regardless of the condition of the scene of the accident, the prosecutor is sure that the driver caused the accident. If the driver is convicted, he may face up to six months of jail and fines.

The driver may also be held liable through a civil lawsuit. Because of its size, a tanker truck, like the one in this accident, can cause disastrous injuries. Additionally, because of the added size and speed of trucks, drivers must follow a certain standard of care. If the driver in this case acted negligently by driving into the construction zone, victims and their families may be able to recover damages.

Potential damages may include compensation for medical expenses or lost wages resulting from the accident. Furthermore, claimants may be able to recover emotional damages for pain and suffering caused by the accident or from the death of a loved one. Because many trucking companies hire independent contractors to drive the trucks, it is important to initially determine the liable party, as more than one party may share liability in a trucking accident.

Source: The News-Messenger, "Trial date set for turnpike driver," Kristina Smith Horn, Aug. 8, 2012

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