Two construction workers were killed and several other people were injured in a trucking accident that occurred in Arkansas on June 2. According to police, the accident was caused by a 39-year-old man driving a log truck on Highway 65 in Clinton. The incident allegedly occurred when his tire blew out as the vehicle approached a construction zone. This caused the logs on the trailer to shift, and the truck overturned on the highway.
Local reports claim that 16 to 19 people were injured in the accident. The day after the incident, the 39-year-old driver admitted to local police that he had used methamphetamine the day the accident occurred. He previously pleaded guilty to possession in 2012 and received three years of probation, but prosecutors were pushing to have it revoked in July. Police charged the trucker with negligent homicide, six counts of second-degree battery and 10 counts of first-degree battery.
The people injured in the accident may benefit from contacting a lawyer about filing a personal injury claim against the trucker and possibly his employer as well. These victims may have the ability to recover restitution to help account for the damages caused by the crash. They may be awarded compensation for assistance with medical costs, loss of income or other hardships created by the collision. The criminal charges levied against the trucker may make it easier for the plaintiffs to prove that he is culpable for the damages.
Personal injury lawsuits that involve trucking accidents often focus on establishing whether driver negligence was a contributing factor in the incident. Intoxication, hauling an oversized load, fatigue, traffic violations and reckless driving are all commonly cited examples of driver negligence in trucking accidents. Legal counsel may rely on examining the police report, witness accounts and deductions from forensic technicians or reconstruction specialists to determine who caused the accident.
Source: Arkansas Matters, “Update: Negligent Homicide Charge for Log Truck Driver in Clinton Construction Site Accident”, Josh Berry, September 03, 2014