Approximately 30 minutes after Interstate 10 reopened after having been shut down due to the Five Mile Swamp Fire, a dump truck was involved in an accident. WEAR TV says that a semi with a dump trailer had driven off the interstate and landed in the Blackwater River. Florida Highway Patrol arrived at the scene where four officers helped to extract the man from his truck.
Wear TV reported that the steering wheel had to be cut free from the vehicle in order to get the driver out. The man behind the wheel, who has not yet been identified, suffered serious injuries and was transported to an area hospital in critical condition. The Department of Transportation also arrived at the scene where officials conducted an investigation.
Although it will likely take some time before an official accident report is released identifying the cause of the incident, officials believe a mechanical issue may have played a role. The source says the driver may have driven off the road and into the river as a result of a tire blowout, an issue that is common among large trucks. While a reporter for the source attempted to identify the company in which the driver was operating for, FHP did not disclose the information and the name of the company could not be identified on the truck.
Why might a truck driver need to hire a lawyer after engaging in a truck accident?
Driving a large truck, especially one that is required to transport heavy or hazardous materials is a risky job. And the risk only intensifies as truckers are often required to operate around careless and distracted drivers. While auto accidents are more likely to involve passenger vehicles, there are times when large trucks engage in collisions. And in most cases, the accidents that involve these large trucks are often caused by a vehicle malfunction or another driver.
If you were involved in a truck accident in Fort Walton Beach, FL that was caused by someone or something else, you may need to consider contacting Browning Law Firm to retain a Fort Walton Beach, FL truck accident lawyer. Not only can the truck accident lawyers at this firm help you obtain the benefits you might be entitled to collect from your employer, but they can also help you file suit against any liable parties who contributed to the crash. To have a truck accident attorney at Browning Law Firm assess your case and determine how much you might be entitled to, contact this firm now at 850-344-1736.
Browning Law Firm can be reached at:
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Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547