Multiple sources are reporting that the family of a Jeannette man killed in an eight-vehicle pileup this month in Salem has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a truck driver accused of causing the crash and his Chicago trucking firm.
Details about the Trucking Accident
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by the family of Albert Joseph Lee Tomasino. The lawsuit stated that the truck driver, Cruz Humberto Guzman-Nieves, had run a red light and was unable to stop his tractor-trailer in time to avoid the wreck because of faulty brakes. The accident occurred on June 14, 2016. The lawsuit filed against Guzman-Nieves states that “Guzman-Nieves knew or should have known that the brakes on the tractor-trailer …were hot, smoking, defective in an unreasonable dangerous condition and/or unfit for their intended purpose.”
Assistant District Attorney Mike Pacek stated that Nieves-Guzman is a flight risk because he is originally from Puerto Rico and that Conway abused his discretion by reducing his bail. Guzman-Nieves is currently awaiting a preliminary hearing with the charges being brought against him. His bail is set for 50,000 dollars and as of Wednesday June 29, 2016 he has not yet posted bail.
Important Information about Large Truck Accidents
- In 2014, 3,978 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes, a 5-percent decrease from 2013. From 2013 to 2014, large truck and bus fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled by all motor vehicles decreased by 4 percent, from 0.143 to 0.138.
- There was a 33-percent decrease in the number of fatal crashes involving large trucks or buses between 2004 and 2009, followed by an increase of 20 percent between 2009 and 2013. From 2013 to 2014, the number of fatal crashes involving large trucks or buses decreased by 4.5 percent.
- The number of injury crashes involving large trucks or buses decreased steadily from 95,000 in 2004 to 60,000 in 2009 (a decline of 37 percent). This decline was followed by an increase of 55 percent from 2009 to 2014.
- On average, from 2004 to 2014, intercity buses accounted for 13 percent, and school buses and transit buses accounted for 41 percent and 33 percent, respectively, of all buses involved in fatal crashes.
- Over the past year (from 2013 to 2014):
- The number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes decreased by 5 percent, from 3,921 to 3,744, and the large truck involvement rate (large trucks involved in fatal crashes per 100 million miles traveled by large trucks) declined by 6 percent, from 1.43 to 1.34.
- The number of large trucks involved in injury crashes increased by 21 percent, from 73,000 to 88,000, and the large truck involvement rate in injury crashes increased by 21 percent.
- The number of large trucks involved in property damage only crashes increased by 31 percent, from 265,000 to 346,000, and the large truck involvement rate in property damage only crashes increased by 29 percent.
- The number of buses involved in fatal crashes decreased from 282 to 234, a decrease of 17 percent, and the bus involvement rate in fatal crashes decreased by 21 percent.
- Vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by large trucks increased by 1.5 percent, and bus VMT increased by 5.5 percent.