Fatal Wreck Claims Kissimmee Man’s Life
A tragic accident on Interstate 4 has left a 34-year-old Kissimmee man dead. The accident, which occurred in the early morning hours near the Osceola-Orange county line, involved a pick-up truck and a tractor-trailer. The pick-up truck, a Toyota Tundra, was driven by a 26-year-old Kissimmee man, and the 34-year-old man was sitting in the passenger side front seat of the truck. According to the Florida Highway Patrol the pick-up truck was traveling at a high speed and failed to slow down as it approached a semi-truck on the highway. The driver of the pick-up truck attempted to rapidly swerve to avoid colliding with the pick-up truck, but did not manage to clear it entirely, causing the passenger side of the truck to collide with the back of the tractor trailer. This collision resulted in the death of the 34-year-old man who was sitting in the passenger seat. The driver of the pick-up truck was also hospitalized for minor injuries but will make a full recovery. The driver of the tractor-trailer, a 44-year-old man from Bradenton, Florida, was not injured as a result of the accident. According to officers, all three men involved in the crash were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. They have not yet said if the driver of the pick-up truck will face criminal charges as a result of the accident. The center and right four lanes of Interstate 4 remained closed for a number of hours as crews responded to the accident and cleared the roadway, resulting in significant delays. However, traffic on Interstate 4 has now returned to normal.
Legal Rights of a Passenger Killed or Injured in a Crash
If you or a loved one were a passenger in a car that was involved in a collision, and you suffered physical harm, death, or financial damages as a result, then you have the right to bring a personal injury lawsuit to recover for the harm that you have suffered. Who you recover from depends on who was liable for the crash. If another driver was liable for the crash then you (and the driver and anyone else harmed in the crash) can bring a lawsuit against the liable driver to recover. However, if you were injured in a crash caused by the driver of the car you were traveling in, you can still sue them for your injuries. All drivers have a duty of care to all other people on the road, including passengers in their own vehicle. If they do not follow roadway laws, such as by speeding, driving under the influence, or driving recklessly or negligently, they become liable for any harm that is caused as a result, including to passengers in their own car.
Talk to a Kissimmee Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured or even killed as a result of an accident in the Kissimmee area that was not your fault, the experienced Kissimmee auto accident lawyers at Draper Law Firm are ready to help. Contact our lawyers today to schedule a consultation and find out how we will fight to get you the compensation that you are entitled to.