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Lake County Truck Accident Claims Life of Haines City Man

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on September 17, 2009

A truck accident has resulted in the death of a man driving a van who was hit by a semi-truck driving on State Road 33. Florida Highway Patrol officers investigated the fatal Florida truck accident that occurred on S.R. 33 near the intersection with Pine Island Road. The Orlando Sentinel claims that the tractor-trailer was driven by a 38-year-old Texas man who was southbound on S.R. 33 when he realized that he was heading in the wrong direction.

According to accident investigators, the truck driver attempted to back into a private drive along the east shoulder of S.R. 33 to get turned around and had backed his trailer across the highway’s northbound lane. The man killed in the Florida truck accident was a 56-year-old Haines City man driving a Chevrolet van that was northbound on S.R. 33 and impacted the left side of the semi’s trailer. Police say he tried to stop before hitting the trailer, but was unable to avoid hitting the trailer.

The van driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident and of the seven passengers he had in the van, six of them suffered injuries described as critical or serious. The accident occurred just before 4 a.m.

Even though the collision involved the semi’s trailer, collisions between large trucks weighing up to 80,000 pounds and smaller passenger vehicles usually result in tragedies. Smaller vehicles simply aren’t designed and engineered to withstand the impact of a much larger truck. If the truck accident victims aren’t killed in the collision, they often suffer severe injuries such as:

  • Crushed limbs
  • Ruptured internal organs
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Compound fractures
  • And a wide range of other injuries

If you or someone you care for has been injured or killed in a Florida trucking accident, Orlando truck accident lawyer James Cunningham may be able to help. He has been helping the victims of truck accidents and other types of accidents rebuild their lives since 1977 and earned the reputation as a tireless defender of his clients’ rights.

He helps clients recover the financial compensation they deserve to help offset the steep costs of medical care, prescription medication, physical therapy, lost wages and many other costs caused by negligent drivers. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your case, call Orlando truck accident attorney James Cunningham today.

James O. Cunningham

Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.

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