Sometimes, you don’t have to be on the same road as another vehicle to get in an accident with it. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Jesus Armando Escobar or Orlando was traveling along a Florida highway when a large piece of metal seemingly rained down on his van and crushed it.
No, it wasn’t actually raining metal. A truck traveling on the overpass above tipped over at that precise moment. The driver, Antonio Santiago Wharton, had hit the guardrail after losing control of the vehicle. It then overturned, spilling some of its cargo onto the road. One large piece, however, fell right off the overpass and crushed Mr. Escobar’s car driving below.
Photos of Escobar’s minivan show that it was almost completely destroyed. The cylinder landed on a diagonal plane, starting from the passenger side front bumper. Almost the entire car was crushed, except for a small section next to the driver’s side window. The cylinder must have just missed him. He was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, the main one being a cut to the head. The driver of the semi-truck was also injured but did not need to go to the hospital. He was, however, given a ticket for careless driving.
This accident wasn’t the only recent case of an overturned load damaging a car. This past May, there was an incident with a truck hauling sand, but the results were deadly that time. On May 30th, a young woman was killed by a truck that had overturned and spilled its load of sand on the road. She was stopped at a red light, but then went into the intersection unexpectedly, right in front of the truck, reports WSSB. in his attempt to avoid the car, the truck collided with the car swerved and overturned. The woman died almost immediately.
This is another demonstration of how there is little room for error when it comes to collisions and other accidents involving trucks and other large vehicles. Even the slightest mistake can turn deadly or cause major damage. Trucks are not built to maneuver quickly and to evade other vehicles, and when impact is made, there is almost no avoiding a catastrophic result. Even if the truck does manage to avoid a collision, there is always the possibility of a heavy load being deposited on the road or onto other vehicles.
Do you live in Orlando and have been injured in an accident involving a truck? Has a loved one been killed? If so you may be eligible for compensation related to the damage, suffering, lost wages, or even emotional pain that you’ve gone through. Your best option is to contact a truck accident attorney in Orlando as soon as possible for a consultation. They will advise you of your rights and your options when it comes to getting compensation for your pain. Above all else, they will protect your rights and make sure that your voice is heard.