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Passenger Seriously Injured in Box Truck Crash
A box truck crash caused both occupants to be rushed to the Tampa Bay General Hospital in serious condition. The accident happened around 3 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in the westbound lanes of I-4 near the 12 milepost.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the driver of the box truck went off road for an unknown reason and hit a barrier wall that separated the highway from a Florida DOT scale building. The officer also said that both were thrown from the truck and weren’t wearing seatbelts.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations, when someone is ejected from their vehicle in a crash, their chance of being killed is around 90 percent. This is because of the violent nature of an accident that happens with enough force to eject occupants. Also, when a person is ejected, they are no longer protected by the vehicle and are subject to being hit a second time or more severely injured by hitting the ground.
When passengers are involved in a auto crash, they are more likely to be severely injured or killed than the driver. Experts believe the reason for this is that the steering wheel offers some protection to the driver, and that many times the passenger isn’t able to brace themselves or take other defensive measures prior to the crash.
Who Pays for my Injuries?
Many times, passengers of the at-fault driver wonder how their injuries are going to be paid for. Florida law requires that anyone at fault for someone else’s personal injuries compensate them for their losses. This is true even if the driver and the passenger are friends, family and are on the same insurance policy.
This means that the insurance company of the drive of the car that caused the accident will have to pay for all financial losses incurred because of the crash. Also, if the injured passenger has auto insurance, there may some coverage from their own policy as well.
Do I need an Attorney after a Box Truck Crash?
The insurance company might tell you that you can’t sue a family member or that if you weren’t wearing a seatbelt, that the injury was your fault. Don’t listen to them. Talk to an attorney who knows the laws regarding personal injury and insurance coverage.
Call a Tampa Auto Accident Lawyer at RHINO Lawyers which is the powerful, results-driven law firm that takes Insurance Companies and Bullies “head on!” Our Personal Mission is to empower Florida’s families to “Take Charge!”