Truck Overturns In I-4 Collision
An accident involving a septic truck and a tractor-trailer near Kissimmee in February 2023 has left one man in critical condition after his truck struck the back of a tractor-trailer and overturned, striking a light pole before coming to a stop. A Kia Forte was also involved in the accident, though its driver was thankfully unharmed. It is rare for large trucks to overturn, but it can happen, particularly when the impact of an accident is very strong. If you have been involved in this type of accident, your injuries are no doubt severe.
Unusual For Large Trucks To Roll Over
Rollover accidents are by far the most dangerous type of road crash in the United States – crashes in which at least one vehicle rolled over made up 30 percent of all road deaths in 2020. When a vehicle flips over, the forces at work can wreak havoc on its occupants, particularly if they are not properly restrained. While the septic truck driver was apparently wearing his seatbelt, the sheer force involved in such a large vehicle flipping over still caused significant injury.
The Kissimmee accident is somewhat out of the ordinary for two different reasons. The first is that two-part trucks like septic trucks (and standard tractor-trailers) rarely overturn. That said, when it does happen, it is usually because the driver loses control of the cab, and the trailer simply follows suit in flipping over because the two parts are connected. The second unusual factor in this accident is that most rollover crashes only involve a single vehicle; this one involved a second vehicle, even though the second vehicle took no real action.
If you have been involved in a rollover accident with a tractor-trailer, the odds are likely that your injuries are quite severe. Tractor-trailer accidents can be slightly easier to seek compensation for as opposed to accidents involving private automobiles, because Florida observes a law known as vicarious liability. This doctrine holds that if a person commits a tort (a civil wrong) while acting within the scope of their employment, their superior may be held responsible.
In addition, remember that Florida is a no-fault state for purposes of auto insurance. This means that unless someone suffers a “significant and permanent” injury, they must seek compensation from their personal injury protection (PIP) insurance as opposed to filing suit against a negligent actor. However, it is likely that injuries from a tractor-trailer accident will be severe, meaning that an injured person can simply file suit in the standard manner.
Call A Tampa Tractor-Trailer Accident Attorney
While the prognosis for the septic tank driver is good, the injuries from a tractor-trailer rollover accident can be severe, or even life-threatening. If you have experienced this, a dedicated Tampa truck accident attorney can help you seek the damages you deserve. The Rinaldo Law Group has experience with these matters, and will work hard on yours. Contact our office today for a free consultation.