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Truck driver pleads guilty in crash that killed 2, injured 6

Because of the unique driving abilities and the differences in handling a semi-truck compared to a regular sized passenger vehicle, truck drivers are required by law in Wisconsin to obtain a commercial driver’s license. In order to get one, drivers must undergo specialized training and testing to ensure that they can safely operate a semi-truck. This is done to help drivers be safer on the roads and reduce the number of truck accidents.

A Wisconsin truck driver who took the lives of two people in an accident last year appeared in court recently. The driver was approaching an intersection just as the light turned green, but failed to slow down for the line of cars that were stopped for the previous red light.

Six people were injured in the crash and required hospitalization. Two other women, a 65-year-old and 43-year-old, were killed. Both women were driving different vehicles and wearing their seatbelts when the truck collided with them.

The truck driver was charged in connection with the crash and pled guilty to all of the 12 charges as part of a plea agreement. He was sentenced to eight years, one of which will be served and the others suspended. He was also sentenced to do 200 hours of community service and will lose his license for a minimum of 10 years.

The negligence of this truck driver caused an accident that affected the lives of many that day. Those who were involved may wish to speak with legal counsel to determine their right to compensation.

Source: WANE, “Truck driver in fatal accident gets prison time, probation,” July 14, 2014

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