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Truck driver in fatal wreck may have been speeding

New reports about a fatal truck accident on U.S. 52 on May 6 indicate that the driver of the large vehicle may have been speeding. Authorities say that the 45-year-old North Carolina man was traveling at about 70 mph in a 55 mph zone, disobeying the speed limit despite inclement weather conditions. Investigators are still considering whether to charge the man with criminal activity in connection with the crash.

Official reports show that the six-wheel truck lost control while driving south on the highway. The driver, employed by N.C. Food Distributor, reportedly sent the truck crashing over the road's dividing median, ultimately striking three other vehicles before coming to rest in the northbound lanes. One 41-year-old victim died in the crash when his 2008 Chevrolet Impala was crushed. The large truck then collided with another car; both the truck and the car were pushed together into the third vehicle. The truck pushed the second vehicle some 55 feet before finally coming to rest.

The driver of the truck was not injured, though an 18-year-old passenger in the cab sustained minor injuries. The drivers of the last two cars were not seriously injured, though they did sustain massive property damage; estimates place the entire cost of the wreck well over the $60,000 mark.

One of the drivers reported that the truck struck his car so hard that his windshield shattered and the roof peeled off of his vehicle. That man only suffered minor lacerations and bruises.

Victims in this case could seek financial retribution from the truck driver and the company with whom he is employed. Relatives of the decedent could look to recover damages for wrongful death, loss of consort, pain and suffering and emotional distress, among other claims. Further, the surviving victims could seek compensation for their medical bills and property damage. The victims are fortunate in this case because the trucking company can also be targeted during a civil suit, opening a much larger financial pool for civil claims.

Source:  www.journalnow.com, "Police: Truck was traveling 70 mph in heavy rain before fatal U.S. 52 wreck" John Hinton, May. 13, 2013

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