The nearly fatal crash took place Monday, December 9th just after 5:30PM.
Lewis was driving her 2003 Lincoln Town Car in the northbound lanes of US Highway 331 when, near the intersection with Eastwood Dr, her vehicle collided with the side of a tractor-trailer that was making a U-Turn. Florida Highway Patrol reported that, due to the severe nature of her injuries, the responding emergency crews determined that a life-flight was necessary.
The driver of the 2019 Kenworth truck, identified as 48-year-old Michael Knowles of New Brockton, Alabama, was not reported to have suffered any injuries, though he was charged with careless driving.
A contributor to The Legal Herald and experienced semi truck accident lawyer, Michael Haggard shared the following insight for those who may have suffered injuries in a similar incident:
"While we tend to use our cars on a regular basis, we don't usually concentrate on the fact that car accidents are, in fact, occurring every day even to the safest of drivers.
Many drivers will also find comfort in thinking that their insurance policy will cover any and all damages resulting from an accident, though this is often not the case. Insurance companies will pay out only until a certain limit, at which point the benefits will cease whether the victim has fully recovered or not. Any remaining expenses become the sole responsibility of the victims and their families.
Taking legal action is usually not the first option that those involved in an accident with a truck consider. Unfortunately, it can be one of the only ways in which they may achieve the compensation that they need to cover all damages resulting from an accident. This is especially true when the injuries, or even death, were caused by another person's negligence.
A truck accident lawsuit can provide a financial compensation that covers past and future medical bills as well as loss of income, among other damages.
Individuals who may have been victims of a truck crash and who are looking for more information should contact a truck accident attorney who will be able to analyze their case and break down all of the potential options."