A 67-year-old Port St. Lucie man was struck by a tractor trailer. The Florida Highway Patrol report says David James Burke of Port St. Lucie was standing outside his stopped vehicle on the northbound shoulder of Interstate 95 between S.R. 70 and Orange Avenue Interchanges.
When Burke walked into the roadway, he was struck by a 1993 Peterbuilt tractor trailer driven by Abel Quintana, a 46-year-old man of Miami. Burke was pronounced dead on the crash scene while the driver of the tractor trailer was not injured.
Truck drivers have a duty to look out for pedestrians on or near roadways. When they fail to pay attention and strike pedestrians, the result can be catastrophic and even fatal. The combination of the truck’s enormous weight and speed produces are a deadly combination. Many people who survived big rig accidents suffer severe injuries such as spinal cord injury, brain injury, and other disabling injuries.
There are several different reasons why truck-pedestrian accidents occur. The driver of the truck may be speeding, distracted, on a cell phone, fatigued, falls asleep at the wheel, or fails to see a crosswalk or a traffic signal.
Pedestrians have no protection from impact. When they are hit by a truck, they may suffer permanent disability or death. In pursuing monetary compensation, the future implications of the current injuries must be considered. Pedestrian accidents often require the injured pedestrians to undergo surgery, rehabilitation, long-term physical therapy, and even special accommodations in the home.
The recoverable damages in truck accidents include past, present and future medical expenses, out of pocket expenses, lost wages and future earnings, emotional distress, disfigurement, disability, loss of enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering. For families that lost their loved ones in trucking accidents, the surviving family’s economic losses and the suffering they may endure in the future must be considered.
Several parties may be liable for the losses of injured pedestrians, such as the manufacturer of defective truck parts, the trucking company, the shipping company, the nightclub or bar that served alcohol to an obviously intoxicated truck driver, and other potentially liable third parties. An experienced truck accident law firm will provide legal guidance to injured pedestrians or their families as they pursue monetary compensation for their injuries and losses.