Truck driver in fatal Kentucky crash wants murder charge dropped

If a truck driver faces criminal charges after a fatal accident, then the evidence from the police investigation can be used to bring a claim of wrongful death against the responsible party. Truck accident lawsuits can be especially complex, given that multiple parties, including the trucking company, may be at fault for the crash.

A truck driver from Minnesota was charged with murder in Kentucky after his involvement in a truck accident that took the life of a 69-year-old man. Authorities say the truck operator drove his tractor-trailer into the back of an SUV on Interstate 24, and the collision resulted in the death of the SUV driver. Police on the scene said that the truck driver seemed to be under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident.

Recently, the accused driver moved to have the murder charge dismissed, claiming that Kentucky police orchestrated his arrest without probable cause hours after the accident. In addition, the truck driver is attempting to have the results of his blood test kept out of court because he claims his sample was taken outside of the two-hour time frame allowed under Kentucky law.

The outcome of the criminal case remains to be seen.

However, an at-fault truck driver doesn't have to be convicted of a crime for the family of a deceased victim to seek legal justice in civil court. Often, a wrongful death claim is the surest way of holding a responsible party accountable.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a truck accident, you should be aware that help is available. A personal injury attorney with experience in truck accident cases can help clarify the available options for achieving justice.

Source: Kentucky New Era, "Trucker seeks to have murder charges dropped," Steve Breen, March 5, 2014

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