Crashes involving semitractor-trailer trucks tend to be among the more complicated motor vehicle accidents to resolve. These behemoths on Texas roads can cause some of the most serious injuries, very often death. But the layers of regulations at both the state and federal levels and the additional layers of business separation that industry players often employ as a shield from liability can make accountability a challenge.
Not all cases are like that, however. Take one that is shaping up in Tennessee as an example. The bad acts alleged on the part of the driver in the case led to his being named to the 10 most wanted list in that state. Additionally, federal regulators went so far late last month to declare the man an imminent hazard to public safety and revoked his commercial driver's license.
The driver in this instance stands indicted on 13 charges in connection with the June 25 crash. Nine vehicles were involved. Six people died and six others suffered injuries. An initial investigation report says the driver not only lied about his hours of service in the days leading up to the tragedy. It went on to find that he'd been driving 15 hours on the day of the wreck and that the accident was due to his failure to stop for stalled traffic.
Other claims of misconduct, drug use and previous driving citations surfaced after the crash. And since then, two lawsuits by victims seeking more than $22 million have been filed against the driver and the company that employed him.
Oh, the Kentucky man is also facing drug charges in his home state. Those follow his capture earlier this week after five days of being on the run from authorities seeking to execute a Tennessee warrant for his arrest to answer the crash charges.
Every truck accident case is different and gathering evidence that establishes cause isn't always easy. Any victim of such a crash should seek out experienced legal counsel as a step toward building a strong case.