Tractor-trailers can be seen moving along Tennessee roadways daily. The transportation of goods helps keep the American economy moving, and trucks are vital tools in this process. However, operating a large commercial vehicle takes diligence and a sense of caution to help these drivers avoid truck accidents. When an truck driver throws responsibility to the wind and decides to get behind the wheel while under the influence of illegal substances or alcohol, the aftermath can be devastating.
A driver of a tractor-trailer has been recently sentenced to 55 years behind bars after a jury found him guilty of vehicular manslaughter and assault. The 42-year-old driver was heading north when he ran into several cars. The initial incident started a chain reaction that closed the northbound lanes for almost 12 hours.
It was determined sometime later by blood work that truck driver had tested positive for methamphetamine after the incident. He was released from custody and later arrested in Kentucky for trafficking the same drug he tested positive for. At his hearing, the man’s attorney had requested that the suspect’s sentences run together so he would not serve as much time. The judge refused but did allow for some of the sentences to run concurrently. If the judge had not done so, the accused could serve 83 years in prison.
Truck accidents usually end in tragedy for those driving smaller vehicles. When a family loses a loved one as the result of a negligent tractor-trailer driver, seeking legal recourse may help to bring some sense of closure. Seeking the advice and guidance of a Tennessee attorney may help families to seek financial compensation to help cover final costs for a lost loved one.
Source: richmondregister.com, “Brewer sentenced to 55 years in Tennessee crash”, Nita Johnson, March 14, 2018