The accident took place last Thursday around 6:30 a.m. Police say that 61 year-old Susie Mae Gordon was traveling west on NW 79th Street when she attempted to make a left turn onto 22nd Avenue. As she entered he the intersection she was broadsided by a tractor-trailer traveling east on NW 79th Street, according to NBC Miami.
Gordon, who is a mother and grandmother, was pronounced dead on the scene.
One witness told NBC Miami that the truck driver, 64 year-old Jorge Argenal, did everything he could to avoid the accident. They said he honked his horn and tried to brake, but he couldn’t stop in time.
Police are still investigating this accident and they don’t believe the driver will be cited.
This accident appears to be just that, an honest accident. It appears that the truck driver did his best avoid, but that isn’t the case for all truck accidents. There are many instances in which the careless actions of a driver or their trucking company are directly responsible for a devastating truck accident.
Tractor-trailers and other large commercial vehicles are very heavy pieces of machinery, causing accidents involving these vehicles to be more forceful and catastrophic. As result, truck accidents are twice as deadly as car accidents and often result in severe, life-changing injuries.
Truck accidents are rarely as cut and dry as other traffic accidents. The driver may be solely responsible for a tragic truck crash. Fatigue, distraction, speed or intoxication contribute to a large number of crashes and if a driver has been engaging in these behaviors, victims need to contact a Miami truck accident attorney to talk about the options they have for seeking compensation.
Driver error is just one cause of truck accidents. In a past study, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that half of large commercial trucks on the road had at least one mechanical issue, many of which should have put that truck out of service. A trucking company or owner-operator should make certain their vehicles are operating properly and have no issues that could lead to a tragic accident.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident and want to pursue the at-fault party or parties for compensation, you need a Miami truck accident attorney on your side. They have the skills to conduct an investigation and will pinpoint who must take responsibility for your injuries or the untimely death of your loved one. It could be the truck driver, a trucking company or a parts manufacturer or more than one party. Making all responsible parties take responsibility for an accident will ensure truck accident victims get every bit of compensation they require to cover their accident-related related expenses and their mental anguish.
We understand the days and weeks following a serious truck accident is a traumatic and confusing time for a family. Don’t try and deal with the fallout of your truck accident alone, contact an attorney who will help you decide what steps you should take next.