In Florida, truck accidents take place along highways, near the beaches and in the cities. When you’re involved in a truck accident, it’s likely that you’ve suffered injuries that may have prevented you from going to work, socializing or attending school. With the bills and stress of the event, you may be confused about what to do, but it’s important to remember that if it wasn’t your fault, you should be able to seek compensation.
In a case out of Florida reported on May 4, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper was reportedly killed when attending the scene of a two-car crash. According to the news, the woman was at the scene of the two-car accident at around 2:00 p.m., when a second car crash took place at the same location. The trooper and a tow truck driver on the original scene were impacted when a pickup truck hit the shoulder and struck the patrol vehicle, the tow truck driver and a pedestrian at the scene.
Shockingly, the 52-year-old pedestrian survived the incident initially, but it was later updated that he died from his injuries at the local Ocala Regional Hospital. The officer was pronounced dead at the scene, and the tow truck driver was also. The officer had a young son, according to the news.
What happens next for the families of these victims? Charges are pending at the moment due to the need for the traffic homicide investigation to be completed. The report states that it could take several months for that investigation to be closed. At that point, charges could be placed or dropped, depending on the reason for the accident. In the meantime, the families of the trooper, truck driver and pedestrian may begin to consider their options for seeking compensation after the losses of their loved ones.
Source: First Coast News, “Update: FHP trooper among 3 killed in I-75 crash” No author given, May. 04, 2014