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Trucker runs stop sign in Ohio, kills another driver

Semi-truck drivers have to take the size and length of their trailer into account when they drive. When you consider those factors, it is easy to see why driving in a safe manner is vitally important. Semi-truck drivers sometimes do things that can have a profound impact on the safety of others. A recent accident out of Jackson County, Ohio, shows how one seemingly small traffic violation by a trucker can cause serious accidents.

The trucker was traveling on Township Road 35 and US Route 35 when he didn't stop at a stop sign that was in his path. Instead, he crossed into the path of an oncoming truck. The 21-year-old driver of that oncoming truck was killed when he struck the trailer of the tractor-trailer and crashed into the median of the road.

Instead of staying on the scene of the accident, the trucker left. He crossed state lines and was apprehended on a fugitive from justice charge. He claims that he heard a loud noise but that it was foggy and didn't know what happened. Despite that claim, the trucker has been charged with failure to stop and negligent vehicular homicide.

The fact that the trucker is facing criminal charges might bring some measure of comfort to the young man's family. Ultimately, they are still left to pick up the pieces and deal with his final arrangements.

When a trucker smashes into someone, the injuries can prove to be costly. In the case of a fatal accident, funeral costs and other final expenses have to be covered. In the case of an injury, medical bills and time off of work can lead to financial ruin. In either case, the victim or the victim's family has the right to pursue civil action, even if the person who caused the accident is facing criminal charges.

Source: WSAZ, "UPDATE: Driver Charged in Deadly Accident Extradited Back to Ohio" Mar. 13, 2015

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