Drivers on northbound I-75 recently had to deal with some significant delays after a tractor-trailer that was carrying a mobile home lost a portion of its load. As a result, debris spilled all over the freeway, causing a five-car pileup on the interstate.
According to troopers from the Florida Highway Patrol, the pieces of the mobile home began to fly off the tractor-trailer right near where the interstate meets Big Bend Road. When one car swerved to avoid the debris, it hit two other vehicles and then swerved to the outside shoulder, where it hit a tree. The third vehicle flipped onto its back in the middle of the freeway and struck a fourth vehicle. The fifth vehicle was struck by flying debris that came off of the mobile home.
The tractor-trailer kept driving, apparently unaware of the damage it left in its wake. Two people from the third vehicle and the driver of the first were taken to Tampa General Hospital with serious injuries, but none of the injuries were reported to be life threatening.
In such a case, any injured parties could bring a personal injury claim against a variety of parties. The accident could, for example, have happened due to improper loading of the mobile home on to the truck bed. Perhaps the mobile home exceeded the weight or size limit for the trailer, or simply was not properly secured. Depending on the circumstances of the crash, a claim could be directed toward the driver of the tractor-trailer if it were to be found that he or she was driving recklessly despite having such a large and potentially unstable load.
At this point, it is unclear whether any of the injured parties are taking legal action. However, if you ever find yourself in an accident involving a semi-truck or tractor-trailer, contact the experienced Bradenton truck accident attorneys with Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh as soon as possible.