Most of the cargo in the American heartland gets to stores and warehouses by truck, and very little would get done without them. But heavy vehicles on shared roads can bring extra risks to others nearby, which can lead to disastrous consequences in the worst circumstances.
A North Carolina man is facing charges over the death of a 14-year-old girl in a Nebraska collision two years ago. He was allegedly driving a tractor-trailer that struck a car, killing the front seat passenger. Law enforcement authorities in the local jurisdiction originally charged the driver with misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide and a warrant was pending for his arrest.
The crash occurred when the truck merged back into a traffic lane of Interstate 80, colliding with the car containing the victim. Records show the driver did not report seeing the vehicle before hitting it and he was initially released before local investigators could survey the scene.
Since the collision, a prosecutor reported the probable cause of willful reckless driving just before the crash. The charge was amended to felony motor vehicle homicide two months ago. North Carolina law enforcement located the suspect after his rig crashed near Peterborough. That incident did not result in charges, but the active warrant was discovered during the police response.
Criminal charges are brought for the good of society, but victims of truck accidents and the survivors of truck fatalities have the right to seek financial damages in civil court. This cannot replace the loss of a life but it can help resolve the insecurity after a tragedy. An attorney can help advise on this possibility.