One Killed, One Injured in Deadly Gibsonton Truck Crash on Interstate 75
According to WFLA NBC 8, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) responded to a fatal Gibsonton truck accident on Interstate 75 involving a car and a semi-truck on February 12. The FHP reported that a semi-truck carrying alcoholic beverages and a BMW collided on the roadway around 2:30 a.m. The BMW’s driver skidded off the bridge and landed 20 feet below in the Alafia River. The vehicle was pulled from the river around 4:30 a.m. with the driver still inside.
The semi-truck was carrying about 30,000 gallons of various types of alcoholic beverages, which spilled onto the interstate. Traffic was diverted off Interstate 75 for several hours while officials investigated the scene and crews cleaned up the roadway. The driver of the BMW died at the scene. The semi-truck driver was taken to Tampa General Hospital with minor injuries. The FHP stated that low visibility conditions contributed to the fatal Florida truck accident.
According to the Department of Transportation, close to 81,000 truck accidents result in injury and death each year. No one should have to deal with the wrongful death of a loved one due to a trucking company’s negligence.
If a family loses their loved one, the suffering can be overwhelming. Loss of economic contribution, emotional support and loss of consortium are common damages that a family sustains in the event of a wrongful death. However, additional damages can also come through the medical expenses that may have been incurred in the immediate aftermath of the accident.
If you hope to get justice and compensation from the trucking company that caused the wrongful death of your loved one, you will need an experienced attorney by your side. Contact our office for a free consultation. We can help you take the first step towards putting your life back together.