Some drivers may have a fear of driving near tractor trailers because of the potential outcomes should a sudden accident take place. Tractor trailers can pose risks to other individuals on the roadway, especially if a trailer is not properly attached. If a trailer detaches from a truck, drivers may not be able to avoid it, and a serious crash could occur.
Such circumstances recently led to a fatal accident in Florida. It was reported that the trailer from a truck was in the roadway after detaching from the truck, and fog in the area made it difficult for drivers to see and avoid. As a result, the trailer was hit by a compact car and a pickup truck. After initially hitting the trailer, the compact car was then struck by an approaching tractor trailer.
Four individuals in the compact car suffered fatal injuries. A fifth person in that vehicle was transported from the scene with serious injuries. The driver of the pickup truck was not injured, and the tractor trailer driver suffered only minor injuries. The driver of the semi-truck that lost the trailer returned to the scene. An investigation in ongoing to determine how the trailer became detached, and it was not mentioned whether any charges would be filed.
A serious crash such as this can be difficult for authorities to work through as they determine what may have led to the incident. Family members of the deceased parties may wish to know who could be held liable for the accident in order to seek compensation. Filing wrongful death claims against the party or parties considered responsible could help them pursue restitution for damages permitted under Florida law.