Police officers traveling on state highways, on the interstate, or responding to accidents are often at risk of injury or death. In a tragic case, a Union County, North Carolina Sheriff’s deputy was killed in an accident involving a tractor-trailer. According to reports, the 54-year-old officer was traveling Highway 74 in Monroe when a tractor-trailer rolled over onto the deputy’s patrol car that was at a stop. Emergency responders arrived at the scene and officers initiated an immediate investigation. Police reports indicated that the driver of the truck has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and is being treated at the hospital.
This is a tragic incident that resulted in the death of a well-respected and experienced officer. The victim is survived by his wife, two daughters, and five grandchildren. Immediately after the incident, the highway was blocked off by the North Carolina Highway Patrol. An accident reconstruction team worked for hours to piece together the events leading up to the collision and to determine who was at fault.
Trucking accidents are complicated to investigate, as they will often involve serious injuries or death, and large trucking companies. Securing evidence from the outside is critical to building a civil or criminal case against liable defendants. Truck companies are responsible for maintaining trucks, logging hours, and ensuring that trucks are properly loaded.
Recklessness and other violations of industry standards could be grounds for civil or criminal liability. In the event of an accident, victims and their families may be entitled to collect for medical expenses, lost future wages, pain and suffering, long-term care needs, and any other personal or financial losses related to the injuries or wrongful death. Our Raleigh commercial truck accident attorneys can investigate your case and protect your rights.
Trucks travel at high speeds carrying large loads. Many drivers are on the road for hours without a break, even overnight without rest. Drivers and trucking companies should be held liable when failures to meet safety standards cause a serious or fatal accident. In this case, the driver will be held criminally responsible and could also face civil liabilities for the wrongful death of the officer. In addition to filing a lawsuit against the driver of the truck, the family may also pursue a wrongful death claim against the trucking company if there is evidence of negligence.
North Carolina workers who are injured on the job are also entitled to workers’ compensation. In this case, the officer’s family may also file third-party personal injury claims against negligent individuals and entities. Rolling trucks are a significant danger, especially at high-speeds. When a truck driver loses control, all motorists sharing the road are endangered. Our experienced legal team will investigate any tractor-trailer rollover accident and work to maximize compensation for victims and their loved ones. Negligent drivers and trucking companies must be held liable to prevent future accidents and injuries.
Contact the North Carolina injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices by calling 800-887-1965.
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