Truck Driver Sentenced After Panama City Truck Accident
A truck driver has been sentenced to more than nine years in prison after a Panama City truck accident that killed one person and injured two others. The truck driver was operating a semi and swerving along U.S. 98 in March 2012 when he slammed into the back of a Jeep, killing a passenger and severely injuring two others.
According to authorities, analysts found traces of methamphetamine and marijuana in a sample of the truck driver’s blood drawn after the collision. The truck driver has been sentenced to nine years and three months in prison after pleading no contest to vehicular manslaughter; the state chose not to pursue DUI manslaughter and DUI with serious bodily injury charges.
Witnesses to the collision told prosecutors that the semi driver was “driving all over the road” at high speeds at the time of the accident. After his prison sentence, the semi-truck driver will not be eligible to obtain a license for three years.
When truck drivers are negligent and drive under the influence, all other motorists on the road are at risk of being involved in a potentially catastrophic truck accident. Driving while intoxicated or under the influence of illegal substances can make truck drivers unable to react quick enough to avoid collisions. If you have been injured due to a negligent truck driver, you deserve justice and compensation.
Our Florida personal injury lawyers can help you recover after a truck accident by taking care of the legal matters while you focus on healing from your injuries. Let us get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to speak with one of our attorneys or to schedule a consultation.