The heavier and longer a vehicle is, the more distance it takes for the driver to bring the vehicle to a complete stop even when brakes are fully applied. If a truck driver causes a fatal accident they can be sued for wrongful death as is the case in this story.
The Palm Beach Post reports that the family of the victim in a fatal Turnpike crash in 2012 has sued the other driver involved in the crash. Two years ago, a 45-year-old woman from Port St. Lucie had stopped her car in the southbound lane of Florida’s Turnpike when her car was struck from behind by a company truck. The impact caused the woman to be ejected from her vehicle. She was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center, where she was later pronounced dead.
The lawsuit alleges that the truck driver’s negligence caused the fatal crash. The truck owner, Valleycrest Golf Maintenance, was also named as defendant in the suit. The report did not specify the amount sought by the victim’s family.
Often with accidents involving large trucks, the truck rear-ends another vehicle because they didn’t have enough time to stop after realizing the vehicle in front of them is slowing down or has stopped. It was not stated in the report why the truck rear-ended the victim’s car, it might have simply been the driver wasn’t paying attention. It’s also possible there might have been a mechanical failure on the truck.
Driving a commercial vehicle, such as a delivery truck or tractor trailer, requires extreme attention by the driver as failing to exercise due care when driving can result in catastrophic injuries or death. This wrongful death lawsuit is a strong reminder of the potential consequences of negligent driving not just for truckers but for everyone.