SB I-75 Closed After Tractor-Trailer Turnover
In late October 2023, a tractor-trailer overturned across the southbound lanes of I-75 in Pasco County. According to law enforcement, the driver was thankfully not injured, but this is uncommon for this type of crash. Overturning accidents can be deadly, particularly when they occur at high speed – the driver apparently struck a light pole on the shoulder, then over-corrected his vehicle, which caused it to turn over. If you have been injured as a result of a similar accident, you may have a claim to make against a negligent trucker.
Not Always Negligence
The average person is prone to thinking that any major road accident must involve negligence; in reality, some crashes simply happen, or may occur due to factors beyond anyone’s control. A driver is negligent when their actions (or lack thereof) are the direct cause of another road user’s injuries, constituting a breach of the duty of reasonable care that every road user owes to each other. While this can sound difficult to establish, certain facts of your situation may be sufficient to make a case.
There are quite a few causes of rollover accidents in general, with many being laid at the driver’s door – for example, driving while fatigued, distracted, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, there are other possibilities that may mean that more than one defendant must be brought into your case. One of the most common may include a defective part of the tractor-trailer or a design or manufacturing defect in the vehicle’s construction – in such a case, the manufacturer of the part or the vehicle would be brought into any personal injury suit.
How To File Suit
Because of the size and weight of tractor-trailers – particularly when they have cargo loaded – the injuries sustained in an accident involving one of these vehicles are likely to be quite serious. If your injuries are minor, Florida law may require that you seek compensation via filing an insurance claim using the personal injury protection (PIP) insurance every Florida driver is required to carry – but if your injuries pass the severity threshold, you can file suit against the potential defendant or defendants under a theory of negligence.
Filing suit against a tractor-trailer driver and any other defendants can feel quite intimidating, particularly when a large company is involved – very often, they will have experienced legal teams and deep pockets. However, it is possible to prevail in this kind of suit with the right kind of evidence. You need an experienced attorney who has handled this type of case before, and understands how to construct a solid case that will illustrate your right to compensation.
Contact A Tampa Tractor-Trailer Accident Attorney
While no injuries were recorded in the Pasco County crash, accidents involving tractor-trailers occur every day on Florida roads where the participants may not be so lucky. A Tampa tractor-trailer accident attorney from the Rinaldo Law Group can help to shoulder the legal load while you focus on getting life back to normal. Call our office today for a free consultation.