A big truck overturned on I-75 near St. Petersburg Florida, blocking traffic to other vehicles causing a traffic backup.  The cause of the accident was road debris identified as a large tire, most likely from a tractor trailer and probably caused by tread wear, or oversized loading capacity.  Long hauls increase the possibility of accidents that will cause backups, specifically rollover and jackknife situations on Florida highways. Contact a personal injury accident attorney for advice if you have been involved in a truck accident in Florida.

Big trucks increase traffic problems.

United States Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Administration data shows a drop in highway fatalities related to truck accidents, but still estimates close to 500 per year occurring in multi-vehicle collisions about 81% of the time.  Florida data represents a higher number of accidents involving trucks, mostly occurring in rural areas. The truck that overturned in St. Petersburg may not have been in the weight class of a semi-tractor trailer, but it was still large enough to shut down a busy highway and possibly rolled over due to a tire rolling off of a big rig.

If you are in a truck accident in Hillsborough County, Florida, you should:

  1. Check on other drivers involved in the accident;
  2. Call emergency responders if needed;
  3. Get a written accident report;
  4. Remain at the scene;
  5. Exchange driver and insurance information;
  6. Get witness contact information;
  7. Call your insurance company;
  8. Seek out medical treatment;
  9. Take pictures of the scene and property damages;
  10. Get a Florida State Trooper report;
  11. Call an accident attorney for a consultation.

Serious injury threshold.

When a truck driver is found to be at fault for an accident, a separate legal claim can be lodged for more serious personal injuries and losses such as those that cause permanent damage, scarring,  incapacitation through physical or mental injury, bodily deformity and loss of life or limb.  An at-fault truck driver and/or their insurance company, or the owner of the truck, if it is not the driver, can be sued for assessed damages and future losses caused by the accident. Extensive personal injuries, damage and wrongful death often result from accidents involving trucks and tractor trailers due to their increased size and weight above that of a passenger vehicle, reaching the serious injury threshold requirement, allowing for larger monetary settlements over insurance.

Florida insurance law.

Florida follows the “pure comparative negligence rule” meaning that if a driver is responsible for any part of the activities that led to an accident, the compensation will be adjusted in accordance with that percentage of fault assigned to each driver.  Compensation will be based upon a review of property damage and bodily injury; insurance policy limitations, including uninsured motorist coverage; lost wages; loss of income and medical bills.

Supporting evidence in accident case.

  1. Testimony of witnesses and injured party;
  2. Trucking company or driver’s admissions of fault;
  3. Crash scene photographs;
  4. Safety reports on vehicles involved in the accident completed before and after the accident;
  5. Blood alcohol tests of other drivers, or hospital blood tests that reveal intoxication of some sort related to drugs or alcohol;
  6. Cell phone records to make sure distracted driving was not the cause.

Consult an attorney.

Hire a legal professional to collect and analyze pertinent data, accident reports and medical reports related to the accident and the projected outcomes for the victims.  An attorney at Baby Boomer’s Barrister Law Office will be able to provide legal direction after an accident.

 

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St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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Sources:

https://flhsmv.gov/pdf/crashreports/crash_facts_2017.pdf

https://www.dmv.org/fl-florida/suspended-cdl.php

http://www.flsenate.gov/Laws/Statutes/2011/627.7415