On Sept. 27, a 17-year-old Florida driver was seriously injured when a crane truck overturned in Oklaloosa County. The accident occurred at approximately 10:30 a.m.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 20-year-old driver of a Peterbilt truck was attempting to turn his vehicle from Beal Parkway onto Lewis in Fort Walton Beach, but he was going too fast. The truck fell on its side, and the crane smashed into three passenger vehicles that were stopped at the traffic light. The driver of a Honda Civic suffered serious injuries and was transported to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center for treatment. The driver of the crane truck suffered minor injuries. The drivers of the other two passenger vehicles were unhurt.
The FHP reports that the crane truck driver was not properly licensed to operate a commercial vehicle. He received citations for violating driver’s license requirements, careless driving and failing to provide proof of insurance. Firefighters from the Ocean City-Wright Fire Department assisted the FHP at the scene of the accident. A hazmat team was also called in to help clean up fuel and oil that spilled onto the roadway as a result of the accident.
Truck accidents can be caused by a number of factors, including speeding and unqualified or reckless drivers. Individuals injured in a truck crash may need to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible truck driver in order to recover compensation for their losses. The driver’s employer could also be held responsible under certain circumstances. Injured victims could have their case assessed by contacting an attorney familiar with truck accident claims.
Source: ABC 3, “Crane truck overturns on cars in Okaloosa County“, Auriette Lindsey, Sept. 27, 2018