The aftermath of an accident with a large tractor-trailer is often devastating. Any safety features or structural protections available in most cars are typically no match for the power, weight and size of semi truck. Because of this, drivers and passengers that are inside the cars suffer serious injuries and, tragically, many of them are killed. It is crucial to investigate the factors that contributed to a truck accident so that the party or parties responsible can be held accountable. After an investigation, a negligent truck driver can face both criminal and civil charges for their actions.
One such reckless truck driver will be arrested and charged for his actions that caused fatal accident in South Carolina in August. The victim in the crash was a young 4-year-old girl who was a passenger in the car that was hit by the truck. The girl's mother has also taken action to hold the driver financially responsible for the tragic and wrongful death of her daughter.
According to sources, the truck driver was on his cell phone and driving too fast for conditions moments before the crash. Because he was distracted by his phone, he failed to note that traffic in front of him was slowing down. According to the mother's lawsuit, the driver never slowed down or tried to avoid the crash before he smashed into the rear of her vehicle. The young girl died after suffering a traumatic head injury.
The grieving mother wants the truck driver to be held accountable for his negligent and reckless behavior. She also names the trucker's employer in the lawsuit for their failure to properly train their drivers. The mother says she has suffered greatly since the accident and wants the driver and the company to provide compensation for her significant loss and pay damages associated with court and funeral costs.
Of course we know that money cannot replace a loved one, and it cannot undo the catastrophic actions leading up to a wrongful death. However, financial compensation for loss gives families the necessary resources to deal with medical bills, lost wages and funeral costs.
Source: MyrtleBeachOnline, "Warrant sought for driver in crash that killed 4-year-old Horry County girl," Amanda Kelley, Nov. 15, 2012