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Family spends Christmas in hospital after truck accident

The holidays are typically the season of cheers and celebrations. However, for one Florida family who lives near Tampa, Florida, this Christmas was a holiday they will never forget.

A truck was travelling northbound on Krome Avenue when a car in front of the vehicle suddenly stopped. In an attempt to avoid a collision with the vehicles in front, the truck driver swerved into the oncoming traffic, striking the family's compact vehicle, causing both the truck and the family's car to roll over. The truck was carrying tons of debris, but fortunately none of the debris landed on the car.

Responders transported the family of four to a hospital, where they spent Christmas. The 5-year-old child sustained a fractured hand, but the rest of the injuries were not reported. A family relative stated that all victims are expected to recover.

The owner of the dump truck expressed his sympathies to the family. He stated that the truck driver was new to the company. Although the driver's condition is unknown, he is expected to face at least one citation.

Truck owners are liable to ensure the safety of other people on the road by hiring competent drivers and ensuring that their trucks are safety-compliant. Truck drivers are aware that when a truck is involved in an accident, it can result in massive damages and serious injuries. It is fortunate that the family and driver all survived the accident.

In this case, in addition to the wrecked vehicle, the accident resulted in undue emotional distress and serious injuries. Additionally, there will be medical expenses and time lost from work due to the truck accident.

The victim of a truck accident can claim compensation if negligence of a truck driver or company caused the accident. The family may do that through an out-of-court settlement or through a personal injury lawsuit.

Source: WFTX-TV, "Naples family injured in Miami dump truck crash," Dec. 24, 2013

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