In Hillsborough, Florida, many local businesses rely on trucks for deliveries and other services, which causes these huge vehicles to be ever-present on roads and highways. Visual inspection of these trucks allows an understanding of their damaging capabilities in traffic accidents. Eighteen-wheelers, box trucks and tractor-trailers haul heavy items, which add to their weight. When these vehicles strike other motor vehicles, such as cars, the latter often sustain serious damage.
Recently, a Florida state trooper experienced the full power of a trucking accident when, after finishing an investigation of an accident, his car was struck by a box truck.
Based on the report, the trooper had investigated a two-vehicle highway crash and was driving a woman involved in the car accident back to her car when a box truck allegedly struck his patrol car. The force of the collision sent the trooper’s car spinning into an emergency lane before it struck an unoccupied vehicle.
The trooper and female passenger were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Fortunately, the victims in this case only suffered only minor injuries as a result of this accident. In many trucking accident cases, victims suffer serious injuries that can lead to temporary or permanent disability or fatality. Recovery time from such may be lengthy, with lost wages being an outcome of the accident. Aside from the loss of income, medical expenses can also cause financial burden, not just for the victim, but for the family as well. Reimbursement of expenses and compensation may be possible by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party.
A Tampa, Florida, plaintiff is required to prove that it was a defendant’s failure to exercise due care that caused the accident and injuries. Once negligence has been proven, the plaintiff typically will be entitled to fair and just financial compensation for his or her incurred losses.
Source: The Republic, “Trooper hurt when truck crashes into his vehicle during accident investigation on Interstate 4,” Jan. 30, 2014