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Homicide charges for truck driver accused of killing motorcyclist

Many California trucking companies prioritize the safety and training of their drivers to encourage responsible operation of each truck in their fleet. Often, stringent protocols are put into place, trucking logs are required and active endeavors are made to educate employees about the importance of following the rules of the road. However, there are times when distraction, poor judgment, fatigue and even weather hazards can play a role in creating danger that results in an accident. 

In a recent case in Mt. Holly Springs, Pennsylvania, a trucker is being  charged after he became distracted and violently slammed into a motorcycle leaving the two people on it with graphic injuries. The accident occurred on Interstate 81 when the big rig slammed into the rear of the motorcycle. The driver of the motorcycle was killed and his passenger suffered critical injuries.

When he was initially interviewed by authorities, the trucker admitted that he had taken his eyes off of the road, but that he also had not realized that the motorcycle was as close as it was. However, during further investigative work, video recordings were pulled from the truck and the man's cellphone data was also analyzed. Findings determined that he had been watching an NFL football game and had become distracted when the incident took place. He has been charged with homicide by vehicle as a result of the findings. 

If people have been injured because of the negligence of another person, considering an attorney is a wise decision. Guidance from a professional can enable them to rely on expertise to pull evidence and organize it in a persuasive manner for a winning chance at compensation. 

Source: Reuters, "Pennsylvania trucker distracted by football game charge in motorcyclist death: police," David DeKok, June 7, 2018

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