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Semi truck slams into police car, kills officer

We rely on trucks to get the stuff we use every day across the county. Without them, packages wouldn't be delivered, our food would never get to our local grocery aisle and important construction equipment couldn't get where it needs to go. However, truck companies and the drivers they employ have a duty to the general public to conduct their oversized machines with the utmost care. Drivers should receive proper training and should never be made to drive when they are fatigued. For their part, drivers have a responsibility to not drink or use drugs that could impair their ability to drive. 

That's because even the smallest misstep can lead to a truck accident. Because of their heft, these tractor-trailer crashes usually do an inordinate amount of damage, both to property and people.

On July 17, a member of the New Jersey police was sitting on the shoulder of the highway checking the speed of the cars that were passing when an 18-wheeler veered onto the side of the highway and slammed into the officer's vehicle. The car, which was unmarked, went flying into the retaining wall and the cop was killed.

An investigation revealed that the driver didn't appear to try to stop, but there was no word on whether he was intoxicated, distracted or fell asleep at the wheel. He is now facing a charge of vehicular homicide.

While this accident happened in another state, it is the type of highly avoidable and shocking occurrences you hear of happening throughout the U.S., including in the state of Kentucky. If you have been the victim in a crash with a tractor-trailer, it's important to remember that you have rights. A Kentucky attorney can look at the evidence and, if negligence can be proven, he or she may be able to help you fight for compensation.

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader, "New Jersey police officer dies in rear-end crash," David Porter, July 17, 2014

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