In 2005, five people were killed and another twenty-three injured when an out-of-control dump truck crashed at the bottom of Avon Mountain. The driver of the truck, a 41-year-old Hartford man, was one of the fatalities. The truck accident, though, was blamed on negligent truck maintenance, not driver negligence.
As a result, the owner of the truck was charged with a multitude of crimes. The owner was eventually convicted of manslaughter and assault and sentenced to six years in prison. Now 77-years-old, the man is seeking an early release.
Prosecutors were able to pin the blame of the accident on the truck company, which had failed to properly maintain the dump truck’s brakes. According to reports, the truck was simply unfit for the road. To make matters worse, the owner didn’t have insurance.
This nightmare scenario likely prevented the victims of the accident from securing a full recovery. When an accident is caused by a commercial truck, victims may look to the truck company for relief. It is the truck company’s responsibility to follow certain regulations and to see to it that their vehicles are in proper working order. If they don’t, local Hartford attorneys can help victims pursue damages for that negligence.
The funds to pay for a damages award, however, must come from some source. If the company does not have proper insurance, the victims may need to look towards different avenues for recovery. This is where an experienced attorney can be critical in the victim’s recovery process. They can identify and develop legal authority for securing a full award. Without legal representation, victims of commercial vehicle accident may be settling for less than their just due.
Source: The Register Citizen, “Owner of truck in fatal Avon Mountain crash to seek early release,” June 6, 2013