Police have confirmed that a 44-year-old man was killed in a four-vehicle collision on I-75 at around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17th, 2019.
The accidents was allegedly caused when the front left tire of a semi-truck traveling in the north bound lanes failed, causing the truck to veer out of control and hit a second semi-truck heading in the same direction. Due to the high rate of speed and the impact, both trucks crashed through guardrails and entered the southbound lanes into oncoming traffic.
The second semi was struck by a third semi-truck heading south. The collision caused the second semi to catch fire. The driver of the second semi died from his injuries at the scene and the driver of the third truck sustained serious, life-threatening injuries.
The first tractor-trailer managed to avoid the second collision but jackknifed while trying to stop. An oncoming SUV attempted to avoid hitting the tractor-trailer and swerved. The driver was unable to stop before hitting a tree and then stopping in the entangled fiery crash. She also sustained injuries.
Michael Haggard, an experienced truck accident lawyer, has commented on the reasons why an accident victim and their loved ones may want to take legal action after an accident.
"Accidents don't just happen. In every case, negligence causes the accident to occur. The most common causes of truck accidents include:
When a part fails there are several parties who could potentially be considered at fault. This could include the part desginer, manufacturer, or the person required to maintain that part. Just because they weren't present at the time of the accident doesn't mean that they can't be considered negligent.
The purpose of a truck accident lawsuit is to provide victims and their loved ones with compensation for their injuries, lost wages, and other non-monetary losses. Compensation comes in the form of a settlement or verdict and is based on actual losses sustained by a plaintiff.
If you or a loved one were recently injured in a truck accident, contact an expeirenced truck accident attorney as quickly as possible."