Earlier this month, a Florida auto accident between a car and a dump truck claimed the life of a mother and her eight-year-old daughter. According to a local news report, the accident occurred on John Young Parkway at around 3:50 in the morning.
Evidently, the mother was traveling northbound on the Parkway when she entered the right-turn lane. However, as she did so, she ran into the rear of a dump truck carrying a load of asphalt that had been parked on the road shoulder but was partially extending into the lane of traffic. No one was in the truck at the time, and it has not yet been determined why the vehicle was left partially obscuring a lane of traffic.
Tragically, the young mother was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The child was transported to a nearby hospital, but doctors were unable to save her life. The accident is still under investigation.
South Florida Truck Accidents
With several of Florida’s major cities located in the south of the state, and few highways connecting the cities to the mainland, Florida highways see huge numbers of semi-trucks and other commercial vehicles. Of course, these trucks are necessary to transport goods and deliver materials. However, it is important that Florida semi-truck drivers take all necessary precautions when operating their vehicles.
While there may be valid reasons for a truck to pull over to the shoulder, drivers must take precautions when doing so. Typically, this means pulling far enough off the road to allow for the free flow of traffic. Additionally, truck drivers should place orange warning cones or triangles in advance of their immobilized vehicle to warn approaching drivers.
When a Florida truck driver fails to take the necessary precautions to guard against an accident, and someone is injured as a result, the victim may be able to pursue financial compensation for their injuries through a South Florida personal injury lawsuit. As a general matter, in order to be successful, a plaintiff must establish that the truck driver was somehow negligent in the operation of the vehicle and that this negligence was the cause of the victim’s injuries. While this sounds simple in theory, in practice, there are many issues that can arise, necessitating the assistance of a dedicated South Florida personal injury attorney.
Have You Been Injured in a South Florida Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a South Florida auto accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The dedicated South Florida personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Cecere Santana have extensive experience representing victims and their families in cases against those responsible for their injuries. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with an attorney today, call 800-753-5529. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless we are able to help you successfully obtain the compensation you deserve.
See Additional Blog Posts:
Pedestrian Bridge at Florida International University Collapses, Resulting in Six Fatalities, South Florida Injury Attorneys Blog, March 27, 2018.
Hit-and-Run Driver Arrested Two Years After Fatal Accident?, South Florida Injury Attorneys Blog, published April 19, 2018.