Who Is Responsible for a Deadly Florida Semitrailer Accident?

by Carmen Dellutri on January 20, 2012

Cape Coral accident attorneyOver the past two decades, the number of truck accidents has increased by 20%. Just a few weeks ago, two Naples women were killed in a traffic crash when their car was struck head-on by a semitrailer that crossed a center line.

According to authorities, the women were headed east on State Road 64 about 5:30 p.m. when a tractor-trailer driven by Michael J. Phillips, 45, crossed the center line. While Jenkins swerved and braked in an attempt to avoid a collision, the truck struck the front of the vehicle and pushed it backwards into a row of orange trees.

Following a tragic accident like this, many people often wonder who can be held responsible. While the investigation into this Florida truck accident is ongoing, there are a number of parties that may have played a role.

They include:

  • The truck's driver
  • The owner of the truck or trailer
  • The person or company that leased the truck or trailer from the owner
  • The manufacturer of the vehicle, tires, or other parts that may have contributed to the cause or severity of the accident, and
  • The shipper or loader of the truck's cargo (in cases involving improper loading).

In many cases, more than one party may be responsible. In addition, the trucking company, driver, and manufacturer may all try to assign blame to the other to avoid liability. Therefore, it is important to have an experienced Florida personal injury attorney by your side.

Sources: Nolo and TBO.com

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida semitrailer accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Florida injury attorneys for a free consultation.


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