A concrete bucket truck slammed into an SUV in Hamilton, Ohio and killed a woman in an SUV on Oct. 24. It has been determined that the truck driver did not have a valid commercial driver’s license at the time.
The concrete bucket truck was going west on Ohio 129 near Fair Avenue in Hamilton when it rear-ended an SUV driven by Deanna Gilreath. The woman’s Jeep Liberty burst into flames and the 58-year-old died at the scene.
The Hamilton Police Department stated that it is still investigating the crash, but that the truck driver did not have a valid license. The truck was driven by Wayne T. Moore, 45 for Tri-State Concrete.
The police also reported that the truck’s brakes may have been defective. Investigators have reportedly found ‘some issues’ with the brakes of the truck. It is estimated that the concrete bucket truck was traveling at 65 MPH at the time of the wreck. The posted speed limit in that area is 35 MPH.
Our Virginia truck accident attorneys send condolences to the family of the woman who passed away in this terrible truck accident. The woman left behind a husband, two sons and several grandchildren. It is a true tragedy that possible negligence of the truck driver may have contributed to the death of this innocent woman.
Many truck accidents are caused by mechanical failures, as our Virginia personal injury and wrongful death attorneys have seen in litigation in recent years. The most common problems in these accidents are brake failures and defective tires. In fact, a study by the Department of Transportation has found that nearly 30% of all large truck wrecks involved a failure of the brakes or brakes out of adjustment.
When brakes fail on a commercial vehicle, it is possible that the blame lies with one or more parties:
- The driver, who is supposed to check the brakes every day before he starts his route.
- The company that owns and/or loads the truck
- The entity responsible for maintaining the brakes
- The brake manufacturer
It is not unusual for the trucking, hauling and leasing companies to squabble over which insurance policy will have to compensate the victim in these terrible truck accidents. It takes an experienced Virginia truck accident personal injury attorney to sort these matters out and get the family the compensation they deserve.
The fact that the truck driver’s CDL was either suspended or revoked in this case will make the matter even more serious for both the driver and his trucking company. A wrongful death lawsuit, in this case, could result in a sizable settlement, given the factors involved.