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Nicoletti Walker Law Group July 17, 2015

On May 28th, 17-year old Liza Angulo and 29-year-old Jonathan Astaphan were killed in a chain-reaction car crash just north of Miami when a tractor-trailer with construction materials pulled out onto Interstate 75 in Pembroke Pines. Both cars collided with the truck, which sent barriers toppling onto Angulo’s car, crushing it. Authorities are now investigating whether the truck properly secured the barriers prior to the accident.

Both of these Florida residents had a bright future ahead of them: Astaphan had just passed the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam, and Angulo was headed to the University of Miami this fall to start college. Our deepest condolences go out to their families for their losses.

Truck Accident Statistics

Car and truck accidents are not infrequent here in Florida, where the interstates are often overcrowded and sometimes dangerous. One driver’s inattentiveness, whether that’s due to texting or failing to properly secure any materials they are carrying in the back of a truck, can turn a road trip into a dangerous event. These families now not only have to deal with losing their loved ones, but the mental trauma associated with the aftermath of accidents like these.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2012 alone there were approximately 4,000 people killed and another 100,000 injured in crashes involving large trucks. Overall, 333,000 large trucks were involved in traffic crashes. And these crashes often leave at least one fatality.

Commercial trucks can weigh 80,000 pounds or more, and require specific training to drive and maintain them. Improper loading and overloading the truck are also common issues that give rise to accidents. If they are carrying heavy materials, this can also affect the balance of the truck. In addition, the percentage of large-truck drivers involved in fatal crashes that had blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher was 2 percent in 2012, giving rise to concern over driving under the influence with tractor-trailers.

Who Can I Sue?

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident, you will likely be able to sue the driver, trucking company, and potentially a third-party manufacturer (if there was a particular part or product that gave rise to the cause of the accident). The driver, the driver’s employer, and the mechanic who services the truck (as well as other parties) may all bear some responsibility for causing the truck accident. These individuals and entities can all be sued civilly for damages.

A Clearwater Truck Accident Attorney Can Help

Truck accident cases are notoriously complex but, if handled properly, can result in awards for damages to assist injury victims with medical bills, treatment costs, lost wages, and property damage, among other injuries. Let experienced truck accident attorney Mike Walker discuss the facts of your case with you. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, he will fight to get you the monetary compensation you deserve. Contact the office online or by phone today.