By David A. Wolf, Child Injury Lawyer Blog
In Michigan and other states, semi-tractor trailers and commercial vehicles are commonly seen on the roads, streets, highways, and interstates. Because of the size, weight, and power of these vehicles, it is vital that truck drivers are alert and attentive to their driving responsibilities. Unfortunately, just one inattentive moment on the part of a commercial truck driver can cause a significant impact to the driver and passengers of other vehicles and a lifetime of injuries for the innocent victims of the crash. While it seems quite basic, many such crashes can be avoided if the truck driver maintains a safe speed, maintains a safe distance from other vehicles, and otherwise avoids distractions in the form of eating, drinking, mobile phone usage, texting, and other activities that take away from the primary job at hand – namely the driving of a commercial vehicle.
In a recent news story out of Oceana County, Michigan, it was reported that a four year old child suffered serious, lifelong injuries after a truck driver rear-ended the family’s car which had five people in it at the time. The driver was originally charged with felony reckless driving, but at the district court level the charges were reduced to a misdemeanor. If the driver is convicted or accepts a plea deal, the crime is punishable by up to 93 days in jail. The truck driver will be entitled to the services of a public defender or a private criminal defense attorney. Like other criminal cases, there are procedures and processes to go through and a criminal Defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.