A South Carolina truck driver is facing criminal charges following a truck accident that killed a 60-year-old woman. Although the tractor-trailer accident happened outside of the state, the South Carolina authorities are familiar with the driver.
According to the report, the accident occurred when a tractor-trailer, which was driven by a 42-year-old man, hit the victim's vehicle. Sources stated that the victim had just left the daycare center where she worked. The woman died shortly after the crash occurred.
The driver of the tractor-trailer is facing several driving-related offenses in connection with the fatal truck accident. He was charged with reckless driving, driving a commercial vehicle with alcohol inside the vehicle and driving a commercial vehicle without a license. It was stated that the truck driver has a previous criminal history in South Carolina. Three occupants of the tractor-trailer are also facing charges that are unrelated to the truck accident.
Loss of life, as a result of a truck accident, is indeed sad. It might be devastating as well if a truck accident is caused by negligence or by a reckless truck driver. Truck drivers are supposed to have experience and training when it comes to driving. Despite the fact that truck accidents still occur due to truckers who negligently operate a commercial vehicle and seem to disregard other people's lives on the road.
In such a case, a negligent truck driver may face criminal charges in connection with the fatal truck collision. He or she may be held legally responsible for the damages inflicted on the victim and the surviving family members as well.
If a negligent truck driver causes a truck accident in Columbia, South Carolina the family of the deceased victim may feel relieved if the driver is charged with the crime. However, the victim's family should keep in mind that they have the right to hold the truck driver liable for the emotional and financial damages that they have suffered.
Source: Times Dispatch, "Trio in fatal Henrico truck crash familiar to South Carolina authorities" Bill McKelway, Dec. 5, 2013