A man responsible for a truck accident that killed three North Carolina drivers on Interstate 40 will serve more than a decade in jail. The man, age 52, was formally sentenced to approximately 11 years' prison time on Oct. 29 after pleading guilty to several charges, including possession of marijuana, involuntary manslaughter and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The three victims in the case ranged in age from 38 to 64 years old. Two men and a woman perished in the crash. The accident occurred in June 2011, when the truck driver smashed into a line of slow-moving cars during heavy traffic on the interstate. Four of the vehicles involved in the crash were moving at just 5 mph when the big-rig rear-ended the first car. The chain reaction caused one of the vehicles to catch on fire. Investigation into the matter is still ongoing, as officers work to determine the sequence of collisions that led to the fatal commercial truck accident.
Police officers report that the driver failed to slow despite the heavy traffic, slamming into the slow-moving cars at about 65 miles per hour. The driver had consumed marijuana shortly before the wreck. This is not the first time the man has run afoul of the law; the man faced five years' probation after aggravated burglary charges in 2000. He was also convicted in a rape case during the 1980s that landed him on the sex offender registry.
Intoxicated drivers are a hazard no matter their vehicle, but commercial drivers who drive drugged are far more likely to cause serious injuries from a truck crash. Those vehicles are significantly larger than private vehicles, inflicting far more force when they are involved in a truck crash. Victims in such truck accidents may be entitled to financial damages in connection with their injuries or their relatives' deaths. Qualified attorneys can help these victims learn more about their financial and legal rights after a truck accident.
Source: www.wncn.com, "Trucker gets more than 11 years in 2011 I-40 wreck that killed 3" No author given, Oct. 30, 2013