A tragic multi-vehicle crash at approximately 5:55 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17, illustrates yet another hazard that big rigs can pose on area roadways.
Big Rig Trailer Detaches
According to a Florida Highway Patrol sergeant, the trailer became detached from the cab on US Highway 27, six miles south of South Bay in western Palm Beach County. In foggy conditions, a 2008 Ford Focus and a 2012 Ford pickup truck subsequently collided with the trailer, and a second big rig then struck the Focus.
Injuries and Fatalities
Five individuals were traveling in that automobile. Four occupants, a 39-year-old female and three teens, did not survive the crash. The fifth occupant required transport to the Delray Medical Center due to serious injuries. An ambulance took the 55-year-old driver of the second big rig to Lakeside Hospital due to minor injuries.
An ongoing investigation by the FHP will try to determine how the trailer of the first semi became detached. A spokesman for the FHP stated that the 23-year-old driver did return once he realized that the trailer had detached. Damage to the roadway was such that it required repair before the southbound lanes of the highway were re-opened at about 2:30 p.m., according to the Sun Sentinel.
Although the investigation into this particular accident is ongoing, Florida civil laws do allow victims and survivors of crashes to seek compensation when negligence is reasonably asserted. Compensated losses may include, but are not limited to, payments for medical expenses, pain, suffering, loss of companionship, burial expenses and lost wages. In some cases, an attorney for a plaintiff negotiates a settlement, and no trial occurs.
To discuss an accident that has impacted you or a family member with a Martin County personal injury lawyer, please contact us. A no-obligation, complimentary consultation is available.