Interstate 95 is a roadway that runs on the East Coast of the U.S. that begins in south Florida and stretches up and beyond the city of Orlando. Although I-95 is convenient in that it can get you from one city to the next in minutes, as you know, driving on an interstate can be rather risky as you have cars and trucks traveling at all rates of speed, drivers swerving in and out of lanes, and the potential for debris to fly up and hit your vehicle. In an accident that occurred on Tuesday at around 6:15 p.m., we see just how dangerous driving on the interstate can be.
Here’s what caused the fatal accident and the death of a 25-year-old man.
Joseu Alfonso Cala, 25, of Tuxedo Park, NY had been traveling in a 2013 Ford Echo with Julianna Maria Charles, 24, of Winter Garden, which is just outside of Orlando, when the tire of a box truck came down on the front of their car. Apparently, the left front tire of the truck that was being driven by Francisco Guerro-Romero, 40, of Hallandale Beach came loose and fell off the vehicle. Guerrero-Romero had been traveling southbound on I-95 and when the tire came loose, it bounced over the highway’s median divider and went into the northbound lanes. That is when it hit the vehicle Cala was operating.
The accident occurred near Commercial Boulevard in Oakland Park and left the top of Cala’s vehicle smashed. Sadly, Cala died at the scene of the accident and his passenger was transported to Holy Cross Hospital with injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening. Both occupants of the Ford were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident. Officials were investigating the incident to determine why the tire came off the truck and the Sun-Sentinel reported that the driver has not yet been cited for the fatal accident.
What should I do if my vehicle is hit with flying debris?
Although this accident was one of the more serious types that involve flying debris, there are plenty of drivers in Florida who find themselves dealing with a damaged vehicle and even suffering injuries after their car comes into contact with things that has been left in the roadway or fly off of a vehicle and into their car. Now, there are a few ways you can handle an instance like this.
- If you hit an object that was lying in the road, you may be required to file a collision claim with your insurance carrier. And The Balance says you should expect to pay a deductible as well when you file this type of claim. Your insurer will likely consider it to be an at-fault claim, so you will want to be certain that filing a claim is your best option as once you have too many at-fault claims filed, you risk having your insurance premium raised.
If your vehicle was damaged by flying debris from a truck and you believe the truck company and/or the driver should be held responsible, speak with a truck crash lawyer in Orlando to learn more about how they can help you with this.
- If something flies out of the bed of a truck and hits your vehicle while in mid-air, you may then consider filing a comprehensive claim. Because insurance carriers consider flying debris in mid-air to be unavoidable, you will likely be subjected to a deductible but one that is lower. However, this will depend on the type of insurance coverage you have as well as the deductible amounts you chose when you purchased your policy.
- You can sue the driver of the truck or even the company if you believe their negligence caused the accident to occur. If you choose to take legal action, remember, it is always best that you have a skilled Orlando, FL truck accident lawyer working beside you, helping you along the way and providing you with the guidance you need.
Now, if you were recently involved in a collision in Orlando caused by debris and believe a truck driver or the company in which he/she works for was negligent in some way, contact the Orlando, FL truck crash attorneys at the Graham Law Group, LLC today. Aside from helping you determine which parties should be held liable for your accident, this team of attorneys can also estimate what your injuries, property damage, and even pain and suffering are all worth and demand that you be compensated this amount.
You can reach the Graham Law Group, LLC at:
3008 E. Robinson Street
Orlando, FL 32803