An accident on Interstate 75 on February 18 left three people dead and one seriously hurt. The accident involved three people in an SUV driving northbound and a man in a tow truck heading the same direction.
The 53-year-old tow truck driver, who had been driving in the center lane, tried to switch lanes when he collided with the SUV in the outside lane. The SUV spun around and ejected two passengers. Those two passengers, Leonard and Lana May, residents of Ohio, were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the SUV, Dianne Kiffner, and her husband, Paul Kiffner, both currently Bradenton residents, were taken to Blake Medical Center, where Mrs. Kiffner succumbed to her injuries. The driver of the tow truck, Merlin Anderson, was treated for minor injuries at Bayfront Medical Center. This tragic accident underscores the dangers of passenger cars traveling alongside much larger commercial trucks.
Accidents with commercial vehicles in Florida
It’s precisely because commercial vehicles are much larger than cars and SUVs that crashes involving them often result in serious damage and fatalities. After an accident with a tow truck or any other commercial vehicle, you may have large medical bills and other expenses. Depending on the specific factors that led up to your injury, you may be able to bring a claim against the driver, their employer, trucking companies, shipping companies or other parties. This type of litigation requires the help of experienced attorneys willing to take on big companies and their considerable resources.
To learn more about your rights after a wreck involving a commercial vehicle, speak with the knowledgeable Bradenton truck accident attorneys at the firm of Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh.