In a perfect world, there would not be a need for personal injury lawsuits. Everyone would look out for each other and take the utmost care to make sure that they did not hurt anyone as they went about their daily lives. Unfortunately, this is far from the world that we live in. It seems like everyone knows at least one person who has been seriously injured by someone else's negligence or their intentional conduct.
However, there are times when getting someone the compensation that they deserve is a struggle, because of all of the complications that accumulate over the course of the case. This is just the situation with a deadly truck accident in Maine.
Drunk Truck Driver Flips Truck, Kills Two
While driving westbound on Route 17 near the intersection of Fitch Road, in Maine, truck driver Randall Weddle, of Tennessee, lost control of his flatbed truck, which was loaded with wood planks. The truck veered into oncoming traffic, hitting and killing two. Weddle was given a blood alcohol content (BAC) test soon after the crash, and was found to have a BAC of 0.09%, more than twice the legal limit for truck drivers.
Compensating Victims Can Be Difficult
When truck drivers get drunk and cause accidents that hurt or kill other innocent drivers, getting compensation for the surviving victims and the families of those who did not make it can be an uphill battle. If there is an insurance policy that can be used to cover the crash, the sheer level of devastation that such a crash causes can quickly exhaust it before everyone gets what they need to recover. The drivers who caused the accident, themselves, are rarely able to cover anyone's medical bills, and their employers will likely claim that the driver's drinking makes them not responsible, because the driver could not be said to have been on the job while drunk.
History of Crashes at the Site May Get the State of Maine Involved
An interesting option for this particular situation would be to get the state of Maine involved. The particular curve that the accident happened on has a long history of crashes, many of them fatal. This could be a source of compensation for the victims, in this case, if it can be shown that the engineers who designed the road were aware of its dangers and failed to correct it, or if steps to make the curve safer for drivers have been neglected.
Maryland Personal Injury Attorneys
Cases like these happen all the time, with numerous people injured or even killed, and with few options for compensation. However, experienced personal injury attorneys, like those at the Baltimore and Philadelphia law office of Gilman & Bedigian, know all of the ways to make sure that you get what you deserve and what you need to recover from such a horrific event. Contact our law office online or at (800) 529-6162.