It is a tragedy when a truck accident is fatal. It is even more of a tragedy when the truck driver that causes the accident commits a hit-and-run. Loved ones of the victim may think that the truck driver may never be found. That was not the case, however, for the truck driver accused of running over and killing a male pedestrian and then leaving the scene on Interstate 90, near Big Timber, last fall. The truck driver has recently been caught and pleaded not guilty to the accident.
Truck accidents may have a greater chance of being fatal than car accidents, as trucks are much larger in size and weigh more than a car or motorcycle. If the truck accident is not fatal, it can lead to serious injuries for those involved. These injuries can include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and broken bones. A truck accident can also lead to permanent disability.
There are many factors that can cause a truck accident that drivers and pedestrians should be aware of. The truck may not have been well-maintained, or the driver may have been on the road for too long, leading to fatigue. A truck driver may also be negligent or inattentive, which may be the case for this accident.
It is good to know that law enforcement does everything possible to find drivers who commit a hit-and-run. Finding drivers who commit a hit-and-run can allow the family members of the victim to become more at peace after their loss. If the accused truck driver is found guilty, the family may now have a better chance at getting financial compensation for funeral expenses and the loss of their loved one. Also, if the accused is found guilty, this story is a good example to never lose hope in justice being served.
Source: NBC Montana, “Truck driver pleads not guilty to hitting, killing Alaska man on I-90,” Katherine Mozzone, Jan. 31, 2014