A semi truck accident in Essex County can be a harrowing experience, leaving a victim with serious injuries as well as possible psychological problems due to trauma. The victim may struggle with repeated nightmares or intense pain and suffering as they go through a long healing process. In some cases, the victim may have even died as a result of negligence on the part of a driver or the company that owns the truck. When this occurs, people can hold that driver and truck company accountable in a civil court of law.
A jury recently found a trucking company responsible for a 2007 multi-vehicle crash involving a big rig belonging to them. The investigation of the accident, which killed two victims and severely injured three others, showed that the rig was in violation of state and federal law because of brakes that were not adjusted properly. The rig crashed into five cars in the opposing highway lane after crashing through a barrier that was dividing the lanes.
As a result of the investigation, the jury ordered that the trucking company should pay the victims and their families a total of $15.7 million in compensation. The driver of the truck could not be held accountable since he was killed in the accident.
Federal trucking regulations are extremely strict when it comes to the maintenance and operation of these large trucks. This means that trucking companies should be making sure that their rigs are working properly and that any trucks with violations should be pulled from the fleet until the problems are resolved. Victims of negligent truck drivers and companies may find it helpful to talk with an attorney about their situation.
Source: Connecticut Law Tribune, “Trucking Company To Pay $15.7 Million Verdict In Wake Of Fatal Crash,” April 30, 2013