Delray Beach Man Killed in Crash with Semi Truck
Large commercial trucks can be seen on the highways at all hours of the day. These trucks carry cargo around the state and to distant points in the country. Now comes sad news that a Delray Beach man was killed in a collision with a tractor-trailer in late September. This is only one of the many accidents involving these large trucks that will happen in Florida this year.
According to the Sun Sentinel, the accident occurred on September 26 a little before noon on North Powerline Road in Pompano Beach. The driver of the Jeep, 53-year-old David Biggs, was headed north on Powerline Road when the tractor-trailer tried to turn left onto the southbound Powerline Road, resulting in the collision.
The Jeep immediately became engulfed in flames and claimed Biggs’ life. Police are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash, and the truck driver is fortunately cooperating in the police investigation.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits & Semi Truck Accidents
We don’t know who is to blame for the accident in Pompano Beach. Generally, motorists traveling on a road usually have the right of way over a vehicle trying to make a turn onto the road, so we assume that the truck driver is to blame, although we don’t have all the facts. If the truck driver is at fault, though, then the family member of the deceased might be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit.
In this type of lawsuit, the estate for the deceased sues the person or entity responsible for the death. If the case is successful, then family members can receive the compensation. These family members include the surviving spouse or children, as well as parents and other relatives who were dependent on the deceased. Compensation is usually for lost services and lost support, among other damages.
When a commercial vehicle like a semi truck is at fault, then plaintiffs often can sue both the driver and the driver’s employer. Under Florida law, an employer becomes automatically liable for the negligence of an employee if committed in the scope of the job. This is called “vicarious liability.” The employer is automatically liable if its employee is at fault.
Obtaining evidence for a wrongful death lawsuit is key. Fortunately, most trucks today have electronic systems that continuously record information about the truck, such as how long it has been in motion. This evidence can provide vital when bringing suit against a truck company.
Hire the Right Attorney
Wrongful death cases involving semi trucks are complicated. Truck companies aggressively defend themselves from any lawsuit and might try to pin blame on your loved one.
Contact Earnhart Law today. In your time of need, our Delray Beach truck accident attorneys provide compassionate legal advice coupled with the highest standards of ethics. We will never make promises we can’t keep, and we will do everything possible to get justice for your loved one who was killed in the accident.
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