A fatal truck accident in Pensacola, Florida involved a Pepsi Truck and a Dump Truck. The accident happened on Thursday afternoon at around 2 p.m. near the intersection of Athens Avenue and Gulf Beach Highway. The two trucks collided resulting in severe damage, as well as the death of the dump truck driver. The two occupants in the Pepsi delivery truck were seriously injured and transported to a nearby hospital. The details of the crash have not yet been made known, and the Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.
Commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, 20-30 times heavier than a passenger vehicle, making them one of the largest types of vehicles. In the event of a truck accident, the results are often devastating due to the destruction and harm that are involved. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that truck accidents were responsible for the deaths of 3,660 people in 2014. Their statistics also indicate that 1 our of every 10 auto accident fatalities involve a commercial truck. A few of the factors that can lead to a truck accident include distracted driving, mechanical defects, driving under the influence, and fatigued driving. Fatigued driving has become an epidemic amongst truck drivers despite laws prohibiting truck drivers from operating their vehicles for more than 11 hours a day. If the negligence of a truck driver, or trucking company, resulted in you suffering an injury or the death of a loved one, contacting an experienced St. Louis truck accident attorney is crucial.
The St. Louis personal injury attorneys that comprise the law firm of Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth handle numerous types of accident cases, including truck accidents. We will gather all evidence and execute a strategy that is most effective at recovering the maximum compensation available. Our attorneys are not intimated by large trucking companies and will fight to hold any negligent party responsible. Contact us today to consult our experienced attorneys.