A rollover accident involving a semi-truck caused some major delays August 1. The accident occurred near mile marker 230 on Interstate 75 in Manatee County.
The Florida Highway Patrol was called to the scene at 3:08 p.m. to provide assistance. When officers arrived, the truck had already started on fire and there were major delays on the highway. Fuel had been spilled all over the highway, so police had to make sure other vehicles were kept at a reasonable distance from the scene. Fortunately, no one suffered any serious injuries, but the fire did cause some damage to nearby woods, according to the Emergency Communication Center.
It was not immediately clear what caused the crash. Rollover accidents are among the most common types of trucking accidents, however, and may be the result of driver error, improper loading, equipment failure and a variety of other factors. A driver taking a curve too sharply, for example, could increase the risk of a rollover. A truck that has been loaded unevenly or given too heavy of a load could also be more susceptible for tipping over.
Investigating a truck accident
If you suffer an injury in an accident involving a large commercial truck, you and your legal counsel may need to prove fault to seek fair compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages and any other damages you’ve suffered. To do so, you will have to be able to determine what likely caused the accident and who (or what) was responsible.
For more information and guidance on your legal options after a Florida truck accident, contact the skilled Bradenton attorneys at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh.