A crash involving a semi and a pickup truck caused heavy delays on Interstate 95 southbound in West Palm Beach. The crash occurred on I-95 southbound and Southern Boulevard and when rescue workers arrived, they found a female victim with serious injuries. She was airlifted to St. Mary’s Medical Center where she was listed in critical, but stable condition. The woman was identified as the driver of the pickup truck. Her name has not been released at this time. There is no word on the cause of the collision, or whether the semi-truck driver was hurt and there will be an investigation.

High state crash statistics.

Florida truck accident statistics place the state near the top of the national list for serious and fatal crashes each year. Motor vehicle accidents are an all too common hazard of driving on the crowded Florida highways.  According to the United States Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Administration a person is injured, or killed because of a truck accident every sixteen minutes with size and braking distance as factors resulting in catastrophic damages and death.

Post-accident action.

If you are in an accident in West Palm Beach, Florida, you should:

  1. Check on the condition of the people involved in the accident,
  2. Call the police or emergency responders if needed,
  3. Get a written accident report,
  4. Remain at the accident scene,
  5. Exchange driver and insurance information,
  6. Get witness contact information,
  7. Call your insurance company to set up a claim,
  8. Seek out medical treatment if necessary,
  9. Take pictures of the scene, and the vehicle damages,
  10. If the truck is a Commercial Vehicle, get State Trooper report.

Fault determination.

An experienced legal profession can assist with the burden of collecting and analyzing the data related to a truck accident, toward the determination of fault through a review of police reports, witness reports, car damages, roadway marks and other factors present at the time of the accident.

Insurance.

Florida Motorist Compliance mandates that all owned and registered motor vehicles are insured.  Even though Florida is a “no fault” state and insurance will be paid by a person’s own provider many times, in the case of legal action, fault will have some bearing on personal injury awards from truck accident insurance providers if the driver of the truck was at fault. When a truck falls in the Commercial Motor Vehicle Category, additional reports will have to be completed and filed along with a crash report to the Bureau of Motorist Compliance and indicate the type of moving violation charged.

Hire an attorney.

It is wise to hire an experienced truck accident attorney after an accident that leaves a victim with injury, or property damage.  They will know how to use the federal and state laws to support a claim for compensation in Florida.

Sources:

https://www.flhsmv.gov/pdf/crashreports/crash_facts_2018.pdf

https://www.fdot.gov/maintenance/motorcarrier.shtm

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