Per recent news reports from Stewart Mississippi 56-year-old Robert Jolly of Cedar Bluff died on Monday May 23 after his 1996 Chrysler was struck in the side by an 18-wheeler driven by 63-year-old Ben Cliett also of Cedar Bluff around 9 p.m. Jollys car was pulled to the side of Hwy 82 for unknown reasons when Clietts semi-truck veered off the road and struck Jollys vehicle. Jolly was in front of his car at the time of the accident. He was pronounced dead at the Scene of the Accident. The Mississippi Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.
When an 18-wheeler accident occurs that results in the loss of life a number of parties may bear civil liability for the consequences of their negligent behavior. In the event that distracted driving drowsy driving or any kind of negligent driving by a truck driver led to this tragic accident both the truck driver and their employer can bear liability for the accident. If a mechanical issue led to the accident a parts manufacturer or a maintenance entity may bear responsibility for the wreck. If a shifting cargo load caused the 18-wheeler to veer off the road a loading company may bear liability. In some instances depending on the specific circumstances of the wreck multiple parties may have each played a role in contributing to the accident. Often an independent investigation is pursued in order to ascertain the identities of the liable parties so that they can be held properly accountable for their respective roles in this fatal trucking accident.
Texas Commercial Trucking Accident Attorney Michael Grossman