Florida man injured in semitruck collision

On March 4, two motor vehicles collided at the intersection of U.S. 27 and New Life Way in Sebring. The collision happened when a northbound tractor trailer came to a sudden stop at the intersection. The other vehicle, a 2002 Lincoln, then collided with the truck. The force of the truck accident caused the Lincoln to spin around before coming to rest facing east in the center lane. Traffic was halted temporarily while the scene was cleared.

The Lincoln’s driver, a 26-year-old Avon Park resident, was treated for injuries at a local hospital. The 52-year-old truck driver reported no injuries. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts at the time of the accident.

Police believe that the driver of the semitruck may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. He has been charged with careless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.

A person who is operating a motor vehicle may be held liable for damages if careless or negligent driving leads to an automobile accident. If a person is driving a commercial vehicle at the time of the accident, like this one in Sebring, the employer may be held vicariously liable for injuries caused by the employee. Even if the commercial driver was off-duty at the time, Florida law makes the owner of a motor vehicle liable when a driver is involved in an automobile accident. Damages may include medical bills, the cost of repairing or replacing the victim’s vehicle and pain and suffering. An experienced personal injury attorney can often help victims of commercial vehicle accidents receive compensation for their injuries.

Source: Newssun.com, “Truck driver charged with DUI, driver injured,” Samantha Gholar, Mar. 1, 2013

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