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Driver indicted for tractor-trailer crash that injured trooper

Semi-trucks serve an important purpose in our economy by transporting good hundreds of miles across the country. Yet, they also pose a serious risk to other motorists. The sheer size of a tractor-trailer can cause devastating injuries to unsuspecting drivers who fall victim to a truck accident. Truck driver fatigue, inattentiveness, and drunk driving can all cause such an accident. A wreck that occurred in 2012, but is just now coming to criminal court, shows the dangers these trucks can pose.

In that case, a tired truck driver fell asleep and slammed into a Tennessee Highway Patrol car parked on the shoulder. The trooper inside the vehicle was pulled from his burning vehicle, but was left with severe injuries. The truck driver has been indicted by a Knox County jury. While criminal charges may serve as punishment for an errant driver, only civil action can get the victim the compensation he needs and deserves.

Those who are injured in a trucking accident will likely be left with serious injuries or permanent disability that requires long-term care. In the worst cases, the accident ends with death. Those who are injured in these wrecks face long physical and emotional recoveries that can be very expensive. This is where a civil lawsuit can help.

A tractor-trailer crash victim can seek to have liability placed on the responsible truck driver and his employer. To succeed on a claim, the victim must prove the driver was negligent and that negligence caused the victim's injuries. In order to recover from the driver's employer, one must prove the driver was negligent while working within the scope of his employment. A truck driver who is driving his scheduled route and falls asleep will likely satisfy these elements.

Once successful on a claim, a victim can obtain compensation. These awards can be used to cover medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Then, the victim can focus on achieving a full recovery and moving on with life.

Source: WFTV 9, "Orlando trucker indicted in crash that severely injured TN trooper," Feb. 28, 2013

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