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Manslaughter charges filed in Ohio truck accident

There's a reason why truck accidents and commercial vehicles often cause so much devastation, and it's not just because they're bigger and more powerful than every other vehicle on the road. Truck drivers are almost always under pressure to get to a certain number of miles a day, and they often spend long stretches of time behind the wheel. That can lead to fatigue and poor judgment, which in turn leads to more accidents.

It happens on Ohio's roads all too often, and one recent accident left two people dead. A man was driving a 2007 Kenworth big rig on State Road 32 in Brown County when he ran through a red light. His actions caused him to slam into a  Chevrolet Silverado that was traveling through the intersection. The Silverado was sliced in half because of the impact. The couple inside died before they could receive medical treatment.

Now, the driver of the semi truck has been charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter and will face a maximum fine of $750 and 90 days in jail for each count.

For the families of the victims, it's important to remember the difference between criminal charges and a civil case. Whether the driver is convicted or not has no bearing on a lawsuit the families could file.

If you've lost a loved one because of the negligence of a truck driver, it might be in your best interests to speak with a personal injury attorney who can help walk you through the process.

Source: newsdemocrat.com, "Truck driver faces manslaughter charges after November crash," Wayne Gates, January 25, 2017

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