An accident along the Florida Turnpike on Thursday, July 23, involved two 18-wheelers in a multi-vehicle accident. One semi was transporting tomatoes while the other one was carrying empty barrels in the Fort Pierce area, according to WPTV News.
Early Morning Collision
The vehicles were southbound in St. Lucie County when they collided at about 5:10 a.m. The semi transporting barrels was just in front of the one carrying tomatoes. The trailing vehicle then rear-ended the other tractor-trailer. The semi carrying barrels struck the median guard rail before stopping across the inside lane. The other semi came to a stop partly blocking the outside lane.
Trucker Critically Injured
Emergency personnel took one of the truck drivers to Lawnwood Medical Center. That driver, a 39-year-old Tavares man, has critical injuries, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The other driver, a 51-year-old Miami man, sustained minor injuries in the wreck. The FHP says that charges are pending.
Lane Closures Occur
Following the crash, authorities shut down the southbound lanes just before State Road 70 (Okeechobee Road). Troopers diverted traffic to the Yeehaw Junction exit. Northbound lanes were periodically closed to relieve congestion along the interstate.
Although the investigation into this 18-wheeler accident is ongoing, those injured in certain crashes have the right to seek compensation. When it is reasonable to claim that an injury resulted from another's negligent conduct, it is possible to seek monetary damages for a variety of losses, including, but not limited to, lost wages, unpaid medical bills and pain-and-suffering.
If you or a loved one suffers an injury in a traffic crash, it is possible to meet with an injury lawyer in Martin County at no charge to review the matter. Our firm works hard to get our clients the full compensation they deserve. To learn more, please contact us.