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Vehicle passengers killed in semi accident

The enormous size difference between commercial trucks and passenger vehicles, the performance limitations of trucks and truck driver fatigue are a lethal and tragic combination on highways. These fatal factors may cause a semi accident leading to injuries and death to a tractor trailer crash victim.

A large commercial truck is typically 80,000 pounds while a passenger vehicle is usually 3,000 pounds. Performance limitations impact acceleration, braking and visibility.

Charges of criminal homicide by vehicle were filed against a truck driver accused of causing a fatal truck driving accident by losing control of his vehicle. A 57-year-old woman and her 21-year- old daughter were killed when the truck crashed over a highway median and smashed into the victims' car near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Other victims in a third car were transported to local hospitals.

Police are investigating whether the truck driver fell asleep while driving. The driver reportedly said that his brain just "shut off" and that he lost his concentration.

Victims of these types of tragic events could be aided by an experienced attorney and entitled to compensation where the truck driver was fatigued or committed negligence by failed to exercise the degree of care required of a reasonable truck driver. In many cases, a trucking company may be financially responsible. A civil lawsuit could obtain compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, rehabilitation, medical equipment, disability, property, accommodations and lost wages. Families of victims killed in these accidents may also be entitled to compensation for loss of a loved one.

An injured motorist or their surviving family members should investigate a semi-truck crash to determine whether the truck driver was fatigued, weather and road conditions, truck maintenance issues, whether traffic violations occurred and the identity of eyewitnesses. This investigation should begin as soon as possible. Valuable evidence such as driver's log or eyewitness testimony may be available only for a short period. A statute of limitations may limit the time for filing a lawsuit in many circumstances. A crash victim or the victim's family may be entitled to compensation from the negligent motorist or employer.

Source: KDKA 2, "Tractor Trailer Driver: My Brain Shut Off," Nov. 28, 2012

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