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Texas Trucker Charged in Michigan for Fatal Crash

A Texas truck driver was charged with manslaughter following a fatal crash that left two dead and a third critically injured in Michigan.

About the Fatal Michigan Trucking Accident

According to CBS-DFW, 34-year-old Dalibot Sakotic of Wylie, Texas was arraigned Friday on charges of manslaughter and reckless driving.

Preliminary reports suggest Sakotic’s tractor-trailer crashed into a car on Interstate 69 on Wednesday. The two rear-seat passengers of the car, Cody Thomas, 27, and Aria Thomas, 3, were killed in the collision. The driver of the car was hospitalized with serious injuries while the fourth occupant, the wife of the deceased man and mother to the child, escaped without serious injury.

Sakotic was jailed on a $500,000 cash bond. The accident remains under investigation.

National Trucking Accident Statistics

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 438,000 trucking accidents in the U.S. in 2014.
  • These accidents result in 3,903 deaths and 111,000 injuries.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents:
    • 17 percent were occupants of large trucks
    • 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles
    • 10 percent were listed as nonoccupants, including bicyclists and pedestrians
  • Texas led the nation in trucking accident fatalities with 553 trucking-related deaths reported. California followed Texas with 300 recorded deaths.

Contact an Experienced Commercial Trucking Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury after being involved in an 18-wheeler accident, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. Our experienced commercial trucking injury attorneys are available to respond to semi-truck accidents at any hour, day or night. Our lawyers understand that the immediate acquisition of evidence is paramount to understanding how the accident occurred. We will take immediate action on your case.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan AntonioAustin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Remember, your choice does matter. Contact us today for a free legal consultation. Attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

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