Two adults and two children died from injuries sustained in a fiery car crash on the Buckman Bridge in Jacksonville in early March. According to police, the four individuals were riding in a Chevrolet SUV that was crushed when a tractor-trailer rammed into it. And in addition to the four fatalities, several other people were injured in the crash.
A spokesperson from the Florida Highway Patrol said that the SUV ignited almost immediately upon impact, and there was little anyone could do to help the people trapped inside. Although no charges have been filed, the accident is now under a thorough investigation.
Trucking accidents are often very serious simply due to the sheer size and weight of the average commercial truck — especially tractor-trailers. One of the most common reasons why they occur is due to driver error, often due to spending too many hours on the road. In some cases, drivers may even violate strict federal regulations to meet tight deadlines, thereby endangering everyone on the road.
Another common problem is trucking companies failing to properly maintain their rigs. Blown tires and other equipment failures can cause drivers to lose control of their tractor-trailers, resulting in serious crashes. In other situations, the individuals or businesses in charge of loading trailers fail to take the proper care to prevent imbalanced loads. When this occurs, trucks can more easily tip over.
If you or someone close to you has been injured or killed in a truck accident, you may need to seek monetary compensation from those at fault for the crash. To learn more about your legal rights and options, consult a dedicated personal injury attorney in Jacksonville right away.
Attorney Mark Link contributed to this blog post.