Woman killed in semitrailer accident

A 19-year-old Tampa woman was killed in a truck accident on Monday, July 22. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that the fatal car accident occurred along Causeway Boulevard at about 3:50 a.m.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the woman may have come to a stop in the middle of the road for unknown reasons. A semitrailer with a load of gasoline rear-ended her and dragged her 2003 Pontiac GrandAm for several yards before it was able to stop. The truck’s 48-year-old driver was uninjured.

The loss of a loved one in a fatal accident is a devastating experience, and truck accidents are one of the worst forms of vehicle collision to be involved in. The sheer size of a semitrailer makes it exceedingly dangerous; accidents that would be perfectly survivable with regular-sized vehicles often turn fatal when a semitrailer is involved. Truck accident victims who aren’t killed outright may be left with permanent, life-changing injuries that forever obstruct their ability to support themselves and their families. Crippling medical expenses from hospitalization and rehabilitative therapy can quickly overwhelm a family’s ability to recuperate and leave them emotionally and financially destitute.

In order to operate in the United States, commercial shipping companies are required to abide by various state and federal regulations that govern the maintenance of their vehicles and treatment of their employees. In the aftermath of a truck accident, an attorney may seek to probe the shipping company’s policies and practices to verify regulatory compliance. If it’s determined that a wrongful death was caused by the negligence of another, the attorney may be able to arrange monetary compensation for the victim’s family to alleviate their financial struggles in their time of need.

Source: Governors Highway Safety Association “2012-2013 Policies and Priorities.”

Source: Tampa Bay Times, “Semitrailer slams into car, killing 19-year-old Tampa woman“, Dan Sullivan, July 22, 2013

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