Florida truck accident still under investigation
Motor vehicle accidents are very common in Florida and across the rest of the country, but that doesn’t negate the very real effects serious crashes can have on victims’ lives. Accidents that involve semi-trucks are often all the more serious because of the weight and size of the truck and its load contents. The police investigation is a crucial part of all truck accidents, as determining who was at fault for the crash is vital to any civil suits that may be filed.
According to reports, a Polk County, Florida, accident on April 17 involved a semi-truck and a Mercedes car. The accident occurred around 2:30 p.m. on Highway 60 East, also known as Hesperides Road. Police say that the tractor-trailer was going east and the Mercedes going west when the collision occurred, but what triggered the crash was not yet clear.
According to reports, the accident occurred in the eastbound lane of Highway 60, and lanes in both directions were closed for close to seven hours between County Line Road and Highway 630 as a result. The lanes were reopened around 9:30 p.m. Both drivers were properly restrained in seat belts, according to police, but the Mercedes caught fire during the accident and was fully engulfed in flames when responders arrived. The driver of the Mercedes was killed.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Department is still investigating the accident, and it was not yet clear who was at fault. If, however, the truck driver’s actions leading up to the crash were the cause, the family of the Mercedes driver may be able to be awarded compensation for loss of companionship, final expense and other damages through a civil court.
Source: WTSP, “UPDATE: Fatal crash in Lake Wales on Hwy 60 E” No author given, Apr. 17, 2014