Fox 13 reported a tragic head-on collision in Polk County has resulted in the arrest of a semi-truck driver for driving under the influence (DUI). The incident occurred on Spirit Lake Road in Winter Haven, FL. It involved a semi-truck driven by 21-year-old Moyses Ramirez of Arcadia and a Hyundai driven by a woman from Winter Haven.
According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office (PCSO), the fatal crash took place around 8:20 p.m. when the southbound semi-truck crossed the center line, colliding head-on with the Hyundai. Tragically, the woman lost her life at the scene, leaving behind a devastated community.
Eyewitnesses at the scene reported observing the driver of the semi-truck discarding objects from the semi's cab. PCSO deputies conducted a thorough investigation and discovered four empty Modelo beer cans near the crash site. Additionally, Ramirez exhibited signs of impairment, prompting deputies to evaluate him further.
Following a field sobriety test, which Ramirez reportedly failed, the 21-year-old driver was arrested and is now facing serious charges. He has been charged with DUI manslaughter, tampering with evidence, DUI with property damage, and DUI. The PCSO reported that Ramirez's breath samples measured 0.107 and 0.108, exceeding the legal limit.
The arrest of Moyses Ramirez serves as a harsh reminder of the devastating consequences of driving under the influence. The Polk County Sheriff's Office is urging the community to remain vigilant and prioritize responsible behavior on the roads to prevent such tragic incidents from occurring in the future.
In the aftermath of a devastating head-on crash involving a DUI-arrested semi-truck driver, the pursuit of justice becomes paramount for the victims and their surviving family members. To further detail the legal options available in such cases, we spoke with Attorney Michael Haggard, an experienced Florida truck accident lawyer. In this exclusive interview, Mr. Haggard provides invaluable insights into civil lawsuits, discussing the avenues for seeking justice, holding accountable parties responsible, and obtaining the compensation victims and their families deserve.
Editor Darla Medina (DM): Thank you for joining us, Mr. Haggard.
Michael Haggard, Esq. (MH): Thank you for having me, Darla. It's important to shed light on how civil cases can provide recourse for those affected by such devastating accidents.
DM: Absolutely. Mr. Haggard, in situations like these, where a driver is arrested for DUI following a fatal collision, what legal avenues do victims and their families have in pursuing justice?
MH: Victims and their surviving family members may have grounds to file a civil lawsuit against those accountable for the accident. In this particular case, the driver of the semi-truck who was arrested for DUI manslaughter could be held liable for the damages caused. The legal process allows victims and their families to seek compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related damages.
DM: That's crucial information, Mr. Haggard. Can you elaborate on how a civil case can be pursued against the responsible parties?
MH: Certainly, Darla. In a civil case, the victim or their family would typically engage the services of a skilled personal injury attorney specializing in truck accidents. The attorney would thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash, gather evidence, interview witnesses, consult with accident reconstruction experts, and build a strong case to establish liability.
DM: And what factors are considered when determining liability in cases like these?
MH: Liability can be established by demonstrating that the driver of the semi-truck acted negligently or recklessly, such as driving under the influence of alcohol. Additionally, if it can be proven that the trucking company failed to properly screen, train, or monitor their drivers, they may also be held responsible for the accident.
DM: Are there any other parties that could potentially be held accountable in these types of cases?
MH: Absolutely. Apart from the driver and the trucking company, other potentially liable parties could include maintenance providers, manufacturers, or loading companies if their negligence or wrongdoing contributed to the accident.
DM: Thank you for clarifying that, Mr. Haggard. Lastly, what message would you like to convey to the victims and their families affected by this tragic incident?
MH: To the victims and their families, my heart goes out to you during this incredibly difficult time. It's important to remember that you have legal rights and options available to seek justice and hold those responsible accountable for their actions. I strongly encourage you to reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney who can guide you through the legal process and fight for the compensation you deserve.
DM: Thank you, Mr. Haggard, for sharing your insights and expertise on this matter.
MH: It was my pleasure, Darla. Thank you for addressing this important topic and raising awareness about the legal avenues available to the victims and their families in tragic situations like this one.