Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyer Notes Potential Dire Consequences Of Fatigued Driving
A tractor-trailer accident in eastern Pennsylvania’s Berks County on Wednesday, November 19, graphically illustrates the hazards of alleged fatigued driving. The incident occurred at approximately 6:30 a.m. at the intersection of Route 73 and Route 222.
Driver Allegedly Fell Asleep
According to the Berks County District Attorney, the 50-year-old truck driver from Reading allegedly fell asleep at the wheel, causing his rig to crash into a vehicle at a traffic light. The truck then continued on into oncoming traffic. Two additional vehicles were crushed as they were pulling out of a Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot.
A 23-year-old male and a 32-year-old female did not survive the collision, according to the Berks County coroner’s office. Nine other individuals were also injured in the multi-vehicle wreck. The condition of those injured was not immediately known.
Multiple Felony Charges Filed
According to the D.A., surveillance video from the Dunkin’ Donuts coffee shop provided alleged evidence of what had occurred, and this resulted in the prompt filing of felony charges. Specifically, the truck driver faces two counts of involuntary manslaughter, 10 counts of reckless endangerment and nine counts of aggravated assault by vehicle. He is also charged with careless driving, driving at an unsafe speed and reckless driving.
Although the investigation of this accident is ongoing, and a reconstruction of the crash site will ensue, state laws do allow victims and survivors of those killed due to negligent driving to seek compensation for unpaid medical bills, pain and suffering and possible lost wages. Survivors of those killed in crashes may file litigation seeking compensation for loss of companionship as well.
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