Some people in Florida may think that truck accidents occur mainly on busy streets and highways in major metropolitan areas. However, truck accidents can take place anywhere at any time, as one recent crash shows.
The Florida Highway Patrol reports that one person lost his life, and three others suffered injuries following a five-vehicle collision in rural Martin County. The accident occurred when a milk truck was traveling westward and four pickup trucks were traveling eastward. The milk truck, which was empty at the time, for some reason drifted into the opposite lane, striking each of the pickup trucks.
One of the drivers of the pickup trucks did not survive the crash. The drivers of the other three pickup trucks suffered injuries that have been described as minor. They were sent to area hospitals following the crash. It is not yet known why the driver of the milk truck drifted into the opposite lane. The accident is being investigated.
This collision is a perfect example of how destructive truck accidents can be. Even a semi-truck that is not fully loaded is still a massively heavy vehicle, with the laws of physics at its side. Crashes involving such vehicles can cause serious injuries or even fatalities and can involve multiple vehicles.
If a person loses a loved one in a truck accident, it can be a devastating experience. The victim’s survivors are left to cope without the victim’s companionship and income. There may also be medical expenses and funeral expenses to contend with as well. To deal with these financial setbacks and to hold the negligent truck driver responsible, those who lost a loved one in a truck accident may want to explore whether it is possible to file a wrongful death suit.
Source: tcpalm.com, “One dead, three injured in early morning crash on State Road 710,” Will Greenlee, Oct. 12, 2017