Distracted Driver’s Employer Settles With Victim’s Family for $6 Million

A waste collection company has agreed to pay the family of a young woman killed by one of its truckers a $6 million settlement. Additionally, the truck driver has been charged with homicide by vehicle and is facing prison time.

In this issue, the Alaska personal injury lawyers with Barber & Associates will talk about the specifics of the incident – including its disturbing cause.

Remember, if a large truck injures you, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and inability to earn a living. Legal representation by a qualified Alaska personal injury lawyer is your best option for receiving the justice and compensation you deserve.

For a free consultation, call the Alaska personal injury lawyers with Barber & Associates at 907-276-5858, send us an email, or get in touch online.

What caused the large truck accident?

Video obtained from inside the cab of the truck confirmed that the driver was distracted by looking at paperwork when he hit the victim, who was riding her bike in a lane designated for bicycle riders.

Sentencing of the Distracted Driver

The truck driver, who remained an employee of the company until his arrest, was sentenced to five years in prison for homicide by vehicle.

“In this case, the evidence took us to the conclusion that this was not an accident, that this was an unlawful act,” said the district attorney’s chief of homicide. “This was due in large part to inattention and disregard for the law, multiple laws.”

The Aftermath

In addition to settling with the victim’s family for $6 million, the company has agreed to provide $25,000 annually for the next five years to an organization committed to safe streets.

Also, the city in which the incident occurred agreed to move designated bike lanes to the left side of the road in the area to make cyclists more visible to drivers.

If you’re injured by someone else, call the Alaska personal injury lawyers at Barber & Associates.

Here at Barber & Associates, we’ve earned our reputation for aggressively fighting on behalf of Alaskans injured by others. We’ll fight on your behalf for justice and fair compensation so that you can concentrate completely on your recovery.

For a free consultation about your case, call us at 907-276-5858 or reach us via email, or get in touch online.

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