January 8, 2014
Drivers of tractor-trailers have a responsibility to operate their vehicles in a safe manner at all times. Their failure to do so can result in accidents causing injuries or death. Truck accident victims and their families can seek compensation for their damages against the people or companies responsible for the accident.
The Nashville Truck Accident Lawyers with Ponce Law explain an award of $2.2 million dollars was recently awarded to the family of a Tennessee man killed in a tractor-trailer collision four years ago. Reports indicate the decision was reached just months after a $2.3 million award was given to the family of a passenger also killed as a result of the crash.
According to the Lebanon Daily News, the incident occurred at approximately 3:10 a.m. on Nov. 13, 2009, at the intersection of I-78 and I-81 outside of Union Township, Pennsylvania. The driver of another truck missed a turn and began to back up on the highway with no emergency lighting activated. The victims failed to notice the vehicle in reverse as they approached and collided with the rear of the truck, killing them both.
The families of the victims later filed lawsuits, claiming the driver responsible for causing the accident had not been properly trained and was unfamiliar with the route he was driving. The awards were given after a judge determined these failures were responsible for causing the deaths of the victims.
The Nashville Personal Injury Attorneys with Michael D. Ponce & Associates are hopeful the decision brings a sense of closure to the families of the victims.