By John Cooper, Virginia Trucking Accident Lawyer
The truck driver who was involved in a horrific crash that killed five residents of the Eastern Shore of Virginia, was hit with multiple traffic charges, according to media reports.
An update on the crash that killed a family in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland just over a year ago was given in Delmarvanow.com. The article cited online court records that revealed the trucker faces 11 traffic charges in Queen Anne’s County District Court.
The accident in January 2015 shocked a close-knit community on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. A big rig ran over an SUV with five people inside at the intersection of Route 50 and Centreville Road, in the Wye Mills area, on Jan. 10, 2015.
The charges brought against the 29-year-old trucker from Philadelphia suggest there may have been mechanical problems associated with the tractor-trailer as well as questions over whether federal hours-of service regulations intended to prevent trucker fatigue, were breached.
The charges against the trucker include failing to stop at a red light and operating a motor vehicle in conditions likely to cause an accident or a breakdown. There are also charges linked to the state of the brakes on the vehicle he was driving, as well as being on the road for too many hours without a long enough break and preparing a false record of duty status, according to online court records.
In cases when a trucker is to blame for a terrible accident like this, his trucking company is often also liable. We look at who can be liable for a trucking accident in The Best Book About Virginia Trucking Accidents. If you are injured in a big rig wreck or if you lose a family member, you may have grounds to file a claim against the driver, the owner of the truck or trailer, the person or company that was leasing the truck, a loading company or an agent that arranged the transportation.
There also may be grounds for a lawsuit against the manufacturer of a truck if a defective part caused the accident, the manufacturer of the part itself, such as a tire, or a maintenance company if it failed to repair the truck properly.
Accidents involving tractor trailers are often more deadly than other vehicle accidents due to the weight of a big rig. These can be very tragic cases that involve multiple states. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer, you should consider calling Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers for a free consultation at 757.455.0077.