It is extremely unfortunate when lives are cut short due to truck and motor vehicle accidents. When drivers do not use the necessary caution that they owe to others on the road, there is a higher probability for serious personal injuries or fatalities. Such injuries can be life-altering to the victim, or can leave people with a loss of their family member.
Unfortunately, the life of another individual was cut short in a recent accident, according to the Orlando Sentinel. A 33-year-old man was killed after a semi-truck hit him as it was pulling into a parking lot. Authorities are still investigating the crash and determining whether charges should be filed.
Although the article above did not speculate on what may have caused the driver to hit the victim, this unfortunate example draws attention to the importance of using caution for other cars on the road and for pedestrians. When pedestrians and others on the road are injured as the result of another person’s negligence, the victim or the victim’s surviving family may be able to take legal action to hold the wrongdoers responsible for the injury or loss. When the court determines that an accident and injuries would not have occurred but for the negligence of the driver, that driver is liable and legally responsible for the victim’s injuries.
Pedestrian accidents, such as the one mentioned above, are often fatal due to the fact that a person does not have the protection to stand up against vehicles that weigh thousands of pounds and are moving at various speeds. If a pedestrian survives an accident, he or she may be faced with personal injuries such as loss of limbs, nerve damage, and dislocated and broken bones.
Truck accidents often occur as the result of a driver being distracted, sleep-deprived, or intoxicated. Regardless of the reason, truck drivers can be held liable for their negligence. No one should be behind the wheel of a vehicle if they are not in a state where they can devote their full attention and create a safe driving environment. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident due to a driver’s negligence, you should contact an experienced law firm. Our truck accident lawyers have settled wrongful death lawsuits for victims’ families, including one for $6.5 million for the family of a woman who died when a semi-truck collided with the rear-end of her vehicle. We can use our 20 years of experience to help you as well. Contact our firm for a free consultation, and we can determine if you have a legal cause of action.