West Palm Beach Truck Accident Kills One
A 41-year-old man was killed in a West Palm Beach truck accident on December 27. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the man was driving a septic truck when the vehicle blew a tire, causing him to veer off the shoulder of the roadway and collide into a tree. The accident occurred on I-95 northbound near the 45th Street exit around 4 p.m. The incident caused the truck to rollover.
The driver was killed in the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene. According to officials, the driver lost control of the vehicle when the tire blew. The truck sprang a diesel tank leak in the accident, causing it to catch fire.
The incident caused delays on the interstate for more than seven hours due to cleanup and putting out the fire. The septic tank of the truck had no reported leaks.
Tire blowouts can cause serious accidents for large commercial trucks, and these mechanical failures are sometimes caused by a failure to properly maintain or inspect truck equipment. Improperly sized tires, defective tires or a failure to maintain tires can cause tire blowouts. Federal law mandates that inspections require certain checks on tires, and truck drivers are required to do pre-trip inspections. If a large truck is involved in a truck accident caused by a tire blowout, the driver or trucking company may be held liable for any injuries caused due to negligence. Tire manufacturers may also be liable if their products are defective.
If you have been injured by a negligent truck driver, you deserve compensation for your injuries. Our Florida injury attorneys can help you get compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering and other damages if you are involved in a truck accident. Contact us today to learn more about your truck accident rights or to schedule a consultation.