A recent accident between two large vehicles sent people to several hospitals throughout the Clearwater area.
On the morning of December 13, a dump truck traveling westbound near the intersection of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and Hampton Road ran a red light, colliding at the intersection with a PSTA bus carrying 13 passengers that was heading east and attempting to make a left turn. The dump truck was weighed down significantly because of the large load of dirt it was carrying, which added to the confusion following the collision. The truck overturned and slid approximately 250 feet all on its side, with dirt, antifreeze and oil spilling all over the road. Law enforcement officers had to close most of the lanes in the area for several hours while cleaning up the mess.
Both drivers were taken to Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg, while five more were taken to various hospitals to be treated for their injuries. Fortunately, none of the injuries sustained in the accident were life threatening.
Anyone who was injured in the accident could potentially file a lawsuit against the driver of the dump truck. If there is clear evidence that the driver ran the red light, he would be considered negligent and liable for any damaged caused to injured parties in the accident. Depending on the nature of the driver’s employer and other details of the accident, that employer could also be considered liable.
For more information on how to proceed with an injury claim after a serious truck accident, consult the experienced Bradenton attorneys at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh.