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Commercial truck accident: Driver sentenced to probation

All too often, Maryland authorities have to inform families of a loved one's tragic death. The deaths are typically the result of a fatal motor vehicle or commercial truck accident. One Maryland family has had the unfortunate experience of dealing with the aftermath of a fatal collision after the death of their loved one.

A 44-year-old female woman was driving a sedan when a trash truck collided with her vehicle, causing her death. Apparently, the trucker was charged with negligent manslaughter following the accident investigation. Earlier this month he pleaded guilty in criminal court. If the man violates any of the conditions of his five-year probation, he could spend up to three years in prison. His probation includes random urine drug tests as well as mental evaluation and treatment.

Apart from the criminal proceedings, the family has filed a lawsuit against the company that owned the trash truck and the driver himself. Allegedly, the driver was on medication for depression. It is alleged that the medication causes side effects that should have prohibited him from driving. The family is seeking $150,000 in damages.

The aftermath of any accident involves a lot of work to repair property, file insurance claims and obtain any necessary medical treatment. A fatal commercial truck accident, such as this one, can be confusing for a family to understand how to deal with a truck company and its insurers. Families often find the compassionate advice of a personal injury attorney in Maryland useful and comforting during such a difficult time. In many circumstances, a monetary judgment helps the surviving family address the financial losses that typically accompany these types of tragedies. 

Source: capitalgazette.com, "Trash truck driver sentenced to probation for manslaughter", Selene San Felice, Nov. 28, 2017

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