Individuals that operate 18-wheelers and other types of large trucks have to be licensed to do so. A commercial driver’s license, more commonly known as a CDL, is required in order to drive 18-wheelers, dump trucks, buses and the like. When these types of vehicles are involved in a traffic accident, the driver holding the CDL is seemingly under more scrutiny when it comes to accident investigation because they are held to a higher standard by virtue of the CDL. In saying that, police investigation of these accidents looks at many factors, including but not limited to, truck maintenance and federal trucking regulations.
Work truck, dump trucks and buses are not the only types of trucks on the roadways. Many individuals drive sport-utility vehicles, or SUV’s, and pick-up trucks. Although a CDL is not necessary for driving an SUV or a pick-up truck, arguably a higher level of awareness may be needed due to the sheer size and weight of the vehicle. Case in point, in Las Vegas, Nevada, there was a hit-and-run accident involving a pedestrian and a pick-up truck. The driver of the pick-up truck apparently struck a man that was crossing the street outside of the designated crosswalk area. The truck driver left the scene of the crash but was later apprehended by police. Since he was a drunk truck driver, he was charged with felony hit-and-run and a DUI. The victim in the accident had to seek medical attention for serious injuries.
Like in other traffic accident cases, the courts look at all the facts and circumstances surrounding the case including taking into account the police report. When a driver is criminally charged in an accident, the victim in the accident can still seek damages in a civil suit as they are not precluded from doing so. Knowing the ins and outs of court procedures as it applies to automobile/truck accidents is good information to know.
Source: KLAS-TV 8 Las Vegas, “One person hurt in hit-and-run crash,” Natalie Cullen, May 16, 2014
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