Florida state troopers shut down the westbound lanes of Interstate 4 in Deltona near the St. John’s River Bridge after a recent four vehicle fatal wreck that occurred at almost 7 a.m. All lanes eventually reopened shortly before noon.
The Volusia County chain reaction accident was set off when an eastbound dump truck’s front tire separated, causing the 51-year-old driver from Kissimmee to lose control and smash through a guardrail, striking three westbound cars. One 32-year-old woman from DeLand was killed. The dump truck driver incurred minor injuries, along with five others.
Troopers are unsure what caused the tire to separate. Florida Highway Patrol had an expert on the scene, examining the dump truck and investigating the actions of the dump truck driver to determine the sequence of events that caused the fatality.
Commercial vehicles such as dump trucks undergo periodic inspections to insure that they are road-worthy and do not pose hazards while being driven on Florida roads. While unforeseen circumstances can certainly cause accidents to occur, responsible companies will do everything possible to keep their fleet in tip-top mechanical shape and their drivers drug-free and up-to-date on their CDLs.
If you have lost a loved one due to a truck driver’s negligence that caused a truck accident or the negligence of a company to maintain its rigs, you may be eligible for compensation. While some companies will offer settlements in the hope that the problem will go away, their corporate lawyers are likely to low-ball the offers to preserve their bottom lines.
Don’t be duped into accepting a small settlement quickly. Confer with a Florida attorney who handles wrongful death cases before signing any checks or settlement documents.
Source: WFTV, “I-4 reopens in Deltona after fatal dump truck crash” No author given, Apr. 28, 2014