Trucker's widow files wrongful death suit related to 2012 crash

According to a wrongful death lawsuit recently filed by a Lancaster County widow, the 2012 truck accident that claimed her husband's life could have been avoided if not for the negligence of a trucker and his employers. Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the suit seeks more than $75,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.

The 2012 accident occurred on Oct. 4, when the claimant's husband was standing beside his own tractor-trailer on the side of a road in Allentown. According to the suit, another tractor-trailer hit the stopped semi-truck, causing it to lurch forward and fatally strike the claimant's husband.

The wrongful death lawsuit claims that the driver of the second tractor-trailer was distracted by a cup of soda at the time of the accident. He purportedly took his eyes off of the road and then tried to swerve to avoid the crash to no avail. The suit states that in addition to distracted driving, the truck driver was traveling at excessive speeds for the given road conditions.

Purportedly, accident investigators did not find any mechanical problems with the second tractor-trailer, nor was there evidence at the scene of the crash that the trucker had applied his brakes before the collision. Furthermore, the widow claims that the trucker's employers failed to properly supervise and train the trucker.

As this case illustrates, certain family members of deceased accident victims may seek financial compensation via civil action. When the lawsuit stems from a truck accident, there are often many parties named as defendants, and this may cause the civil action to become even more complicated and contentious. That, in large part, is why retaining a personal injury lawyer is crucial for bereaved family members.

Source: The Pennsylvania Record, "Wrongful death suit claims tractor trailer accident caused by distracted driver", Jim Boyle, October 06, 2014

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