Last week, a truck driver pleaded not guilty to criminal charges stemming from the deaths of three people who stopped to help a disabled motorist. The motorist’s pickup truck has been disabled in an earlier truck accident, but no one was hurt. However, after several people stopped to help him, a semi truck driven by 65 year-old John Tucker hit several people in the roadway. Two were killed. A motorcyclist was also killed when he became involved in the accident. Another person was seriously injured when she jumped to relative safety, falling to a field below.
Tucker has been charged with three counts each of vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter, and negligent manslaughter in the crash that occurred August 4, 2011, on I-475 near Toledo, Ohio. As the criminal trial proceeds, there has not yet been word about the possibility of civil lawsuits, which might be filed to pursue compensation not only from the truck driver, but from the trucking company that hired him. No matter what the outcome from the criminal phase of the trial, families have until two years after the accident to seek compensation with a wrongful death lawsuit.
If you have lost a loved one in a large truck accident, you may be able to receive compensation for your loss. Please contact Robert W. Kerpsack, CO, LPA in Columbus, Ohio for a free case evaluation.