Just before 6 a.m., a trailer became detached from a semi on U.S. 27 in West Palm Beach County, blocking the lanes of travel. Because of the foggy conditions, the cars who came upon the stranded trailer were unable to see it until it was too late.
Police say the first car to strike the trailer was a Ford Focus with five passengers. Next, a Ford pickup truck struck the trailer. Shortly after, a second tractor-trailer came along, slamming into the Focus and pushing into a swampy area on the side of the roadway, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
Four people in Focus died at the scene, a fifth passenger was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. The deceased are: driver Carolina Ortiz, 39; and passengers Luis Arturo Varona, 17; Alejandro Varona, 16; and Melissa Carolina Varona, 14.
The driver of the truck that struck the Focus was also injured and taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, the driver of the semi,which lost its trailer, returned to the scene of the accident, but police are unsure how long it took him to realize his trailer had become detached.
Police are trying to determine how the trailer became detached and, according to the Sun-Sentinel, they will be looking into whether there were any mechanical problems.
The driver of the tractor-trailer is a 23-year-old independent owner who left a nearby sugar processing plant before the accident.
The sad thing about truck accidents caused by mechanical failure is how preventable they are. Repairing brakes, replacing worn tires or in this case just making certain a trailer is properly attached are simple steps that, if skipped, lead to catastrophic accident. Sadly, some people skip important steps or repairs out for financial reasons or to save time. Regardless of the reason, endanger others is negligent and victims can pursue the responsible parties for compensation.
For those not well-versed in trucking accidents, it can be difficult to determine who is responsible for their accident. Truck accidents are complex with many different factors playing a role. Victims are often unaware of whether their accident was caused by driver negligence or a mechanical failure or both. For that reason you need a Brevard Country truck accident attorney working in your case and thoroughly investigating the cause. They will work quickly to determine the cause of your accident and who should take responsibility.
If you have been the victim of a serious truck accident, you need someone on your side who understands the cost of your injuries and is capable of building an effective injury claim. When you have a truck accident attorney working on your claim, you can be confident they will do everything in their power to get you the best settlement possible.