When truck drivers are negligent or distracted and it causes an accident, people can be seriously injured.
In Wilton, Maine, a truck driver is facing charges of distracted driving after he caused an accident in May.
The truck driver was operating a loaded tractor trailer, driving on Burgess Hill when he became distracted and drove the rig into the back end of a car that had stopped and was waiting to make a turn.
According to the police Chief, the driver, 56, was driving the tractor trailer and the car he hit was driven by a 19-year-old female. Both vehicles were heading west on Route 2. The accident happened around 7:30 a.m. Monday, May 13.
There were several passengers in the car with the girl, including two children. The children, 1½ and 2 years of age, were both in car seats. A 20-year-old female was also a passenger in the vehicle. The 1½-year-old was taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital to be evaluated, but no injuries were reported.
The driver of the car had stopped in order to make a left turn into Head Start, formerly SeniorsPlus, but but the truck crashed into the back of her vehicle, a 2006 Saab.
The Saab was totaled and had to be hauled from the scene by Dutch Gap Auto. The tractor trailer was loaded with wood and was not significantly damaged, as it was able to be driven from the scene.
Another accident, this one on Wednesday, July 3, occurred when another distracted truck driver crashed the company truck at Westbrook Park, ME.
Westbrook police are reporting that a truck driver dropped his phone while operating the vehicle, then tried to retrieve the phone, but instead he lost control of the truck. He drove over the curb, onto the sidewalk, and then slammed into a utility pole. In the course of the crash, the driver also hit a park bench, a trashcan, and a police sign.
The driver worked for the Westbrook business BioSafe. According to the Company president, the driver had just received a promotion and the company was in the process of verifying the man’s license as he would be moving up to a supervisory position.
However, the truck driver was driving with a suspended license, leaving him in trouble both with police and with his employer, possibly jeopardizing his position.
The company president explained, “There is no requirement that we can enforce legally to make them tell us if they’ve been suspended or not, that’s again why we run quarterly reports on all our approved drivers.”
Thankfully the accident did not result in any injuries to any pedestrians or other drivers. The truck driver was not injured in the crash either. But police did arrest the man for operating a vehicle under a suspended license and also charged him with distracted driving.
St. Louis Truck Accident Laywers
Distracted driving is a major contributor to road accidents and fatalities all across the country. While distracted driving affects all drivers, with large tractor trailers and freight vehicles the stakes are even higher because the size of the vehicles makes the potential for disaster and serious or fatal injuries far greater. Truck drivers must be especially conscious of practicing safe driving because their distraction and negligence can cost others their lives.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a large commercial truck, contact the truck accident lawyers at the Zevan and Davidson Law Firm right away. We will work with you, preserving evidence in order to build a strong case and get you the full compensation you are entitled to. It is important to act quick to ensure negligent drivers are held responsible.
Call Zevan and Davidson at (314) 588-7200
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