Florida trucking accident attorneys note that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a preliminary report on the June 2015 fatal semi truck accident on Interstate 75 that left six people dead and four people injured. Truck driver negligence has been cited as a contributing factor in accident involving a semi truck en route to Florida.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident involving a semi truck, contact Attorney Group for Florida today to learn more about your options. We can answer your questions in a free, no-obligation consultation. If you decide to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated trucking accident lawyer.
Truck Driver Negligence Noted on Preliminary Report
According to a news report, the truck driver hit seven vehicles on Interstate 75 in Tennessee. The driver was on his way to Florida when the accident happened. The truck was a combination of a semi-trailer and a refrigerated truck when it hit a line of stalled vehicles, first striking a Toyota Prius that became wedged in the truck’s grill and caught on fire. The Prius remained attached to the truck as the semi collided with other vehicles along the highway.
Six people were killed and four others were injured. The NTSB found many concerns associated with the truck driver’s round trip from Kentucky to Florida, including:
- The truck broke down twice during the trip.
- The truck was involved in one other wreck during the trip.
- The driver had exceeded his hours of service when the multi-vehicle crash occurred.
The NTSB is continuing to investigate the accident.
Injured Drivers or Passengers May Be Entitled to Compensation
Trucking companies and their drivers have a duty to maintain and operate semis in a reasonably safe manner. If this duty is not fulfilled, accidents may occur, and the company can be held liable for injuries that may result from the truck driver operating the vehicle in an unsafe manner.
Drivers or passengers who are injured in semi truck accidents may be entitled to compensation for damages resulting from their injuries, including:
- Medical expenses
- The permanency of an injury
- Loss of income or ability to work
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish resulting from an injury
If a driver or passenger is killed in a semi truck accident, his or her family members may be able to pursue compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one. Wrongful death damages can include:
- Mental anguish, and pain and suffering from the loss of a loved one
- Loss of relationship or a loved one’s financial support
- Funeral expenses
- Conscious pain and suffering or a loved one prior to death
Trucking accidents often present complicated issues, such as determining all potential responsible parties, and negotiating fair and reasonable compensation for injuries and other damages is likewise often difficult. People who have been injured in a trucking accident are advised to seek the counsel of a Florida trucking accident attorney.
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If you have been injured, or a loved one killed, in a semi truck accident, contact Attorney Group for Florida to learn more about your options. You can fill out the form on this page, call us at the number listed at the top of the page, or email us at [email protected].
When you contact us, an attorney will follow up with you to speak with you about your case or answer questions that you might have. There is no cost or obligation to speak with us, and any information you provide will be kept confidential.
Please note that the law limits the time you have to pursue a claim for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.
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