Just a few months ago, we told you about a truck accident in Georgia that claimed a young mother’s life. She died because a careless truck driver failed to put on the truck’s brakes while making a safety inspection. The driver was charged criminally and eventually pled guilty to vehicular homicide and involuntary manslaughter.
Now, a young North Carolina boy has lost his life in another “runaway truck” accident.
A Tragic Accident in Hillsborough
According to news reports, a five-year-old boy was killed after a construction truck rolled down a hill and struck him. The report indicates that the accident took place in a neighborhood that has several homes under construction and that workers were loading the truck when it began to roll. A neighbor reportedly attempted to save the boy by performing CPR, but he later died.
Trucker Charged with Crime
The trucker who was allegedly responsible for the vehicle at the time of the boy’s death was a 28-year-old man from Angier. He has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. He could face jail time and a fine, if convicted.
The crime of misdemeanor death by vehicle is codified at N.C. General Statutes § 20-141.4. Under the statute, a person may be found guilty if he or she unintentionally caused the death of another person, he or she was engaged in the violation of any state law or local ordinance applying to the operation or use of a vehicle or to the regulation of traffic (other than impaired driving), and the commission of the offense was the proximate cause of the death.
North Carolina law also provides for criminal penalties for felony death by vehicle (typically involving the offense of impaired driving), felony serious injury by vehicle, aggravated serious injury by vehicle, and aggravated felony serious injury by vehicle.
Civil Liability in Truck Accident Cases
When one person’s negligence results in an injury or death to another person, that person may be held liable for damages resulting from the victim’s personal injury or wrongful death. With regard to the possibility of civil litigation in the runaway construction truck accident, the news report notes that, since the accident involved the construction industry, there could be “many layers of responsibility,” potentially complicating the task of identifying possible defendants who could be held vicariously liable for the trucker’s negligence, should the boy’s family choose to pursue a legal remedy in civil court.
If You Need Legal Advice About a North Carolina Truck Accident
When a family member has been seriously injured or killed in an accident caused by someone else’s carelessness, it can be very difficult to even think about the steps involved in holding the responsible party liable for the damages and loss they have caused. Still, it is important to seek counsel in a timely fashion because the statute of limitations puts a finite time limit on the filing of a complaint for damages in personal injury and wrongful death cases. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced North Carolina truck accident attorney, call Nagle & Associates at (800) 411-1583. We serve clients statewide, including in Raleigh, Durham, Hickory, and Chapel Hill.
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