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On Monday, April 18, 2022, at approximately 5:46 p.m., an SUV and tractor-trailer collided on Southwest Martin Highway in Martin County, Florida just north of Lake Okeechobee. WPTV reports that a semi-truck driven by a 44-year-old man from Miami Gardens crossed the center line and collided head-on with an SUV. A 22-year-old woman from Indiantown traveling in the SUV died from her injuries. Six other passengers, including a child, also sustained injuries and were transported to area hospitals. The 22-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name has not been released. The conditions of the six others injured in the crash are unknown at this time.
Legal contributor Attorney Brian Mickelsen, an experienced truck accident lawyer, represents victims injured or killed in a tractor-trailer and semi-truck accidents. Below, Attorney Mickelsen shared his insight into the legal options available to victims injured in commercial truck accidents.
“According to the news articles, the tractor-trailer crossed the center line and hit the SUV head-on. Drivers of commercial vehicles, like the driver of the tractor-trailer, are held to specific standards. These standards are even higher than the average vehicle on the road. Drivers of commercial vehicles operate heavy equipment that can cause serious damage. Because of the dangerous nature of the vehicles they operate, it is imperative that drivers of such vehicles pay attention. Lack of sleep, a distraction from phones and devices, etc. is unacceptable.”
“In the wake of such a horrific event, it is critically important that key evidence is not lost or destroyed – this includes witness testimony, dash and body cam footage from responding officers, dash cam from the truck involved, hours of service logs for the at-fault truck driver, electronic black box data from all vehicles involved, vehicle inspections from the at-fault truck, toxicology reports, etc.”
An experienced attorney at Mickelsen Dalton LLC can help determine if you have a claim and advise you of your options. Our attorneys have successfully represented several victims in cases arising from trucking accidents. Within the past three years, Mickelsen Dalton LLC has recovered over $40 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. We have been featured in Fox News, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and several other national news organizations.
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