Florida truck accident attorneys have learned of a semi truck rollover accident that occurred in Orlando in which the trailer of a FedEx truck came detached on a bridge overpass, tipped over and fell onto a lower stretch of road. The accident reportedly occurred when the semi truck driver failed to see another vehicle on the highway as he was changing lanes and subsequently lost control of his own vehicle, trucking accident attorneys note.
If you were injured, or a loved one killed, in a semi truck accident, contact Attorney Group for Florida today to learn more about your options. We can answer your questions in a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation. If you decide to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated trucking accident lawyer.
Semi Driver Over-Compensated And Lost Control
The semi truck accident happened in Orlando, Florida on October 2015. The driver of the FedEx truck lost control, struck a guardrail and lost one of the truck’s trailers over the edge of a concrete bridge barrier. According to The Orlando Sentinel, the trailer, which was damaged during the collision, scattered freight as it fell and landed on a roadway below.
The truck driver was reportedly trying to change lanes when the accident occurred, but he was not aware of a passenger vehicle in the neighboring lane. After colliding with this vehicle, the driver over-compensated and lost control of the truck. The impact with the guardrail then caused the truck’s rear trailer to detach and tip over. As it fell, the trailer ripped open and spilled packages across the road. Troopers said two vehicles on westbound I-4 were hit by flying debris and received minor damage.
An email from a FedEx spokesman stated:
“Public safety and care for our customers’ packages are FedEx Ground’s top priorities. We dispatched teams to quickly clean up the area. Every package and every item is removed from the area and carefully examined to determine what is damaged and what can be delivered as soon as possible.”
It took crews more than 12 hours to clean up all the packages. The truck driver was the only person who ultimately sustained injuries, the website reported.
Injured Drivers or Passengers May Be Entitled to Compensation
Truck drivers and trucking companies have a duty to make sure that they operate and maintain their vehicles in a safe manner. If this duty is not fulfilled, fatal accidents may occur, and the truck driver or trucking company can be held liable for injuries that may result.
Drivers or passengers who are injured in semi truck accidents may be entitled to compensation for damages resulting from their injuries, including:
- Medical expenses
- 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 financial support of a loved one
- Funeral expenses
- Conscious pain and suffering or a loved one prior to death
People who have been injured in a trucking accident are advised to seek a qualified semi truck accident attorney to help them protect their legal rights.
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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].
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