The Florida Highway Patrol has confirmed that one man was killed in a truck accident that took place on April 23. The fatal accident involved a tractor-trailer and a pickup truck that were traveling along U.S. 301 in Clay County. Two other people received non-life threatening injuries. It is unclear if the truck driver had ever been involved in any other truck accidents.
The crash happened when a southbound Dodge Ram 3500 had stopped at a traffic signal near the intersection of County Road 218. At approximately 12:50 p.m., a man driving a tractor-trailer hit the pickup truck from behind. A 53-year-old Georgia man who was a passenger in the pickup truck was declared dead at the scene. The 31-year-old driver of the Dodge and the 53-year-old driver of the tractor-trailer were both taken to hospitals for treatment of their injuries.
After an accident like this one, authorities will usually launch an investigation to determine all of the factors that led to the collision. During an accident investigation, the drivers who were involved may be asked to submit to toxicology tests. If investigators find that a driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs when the crash occurred, criminal charges may be filed against the driver.
The family members of a deceased truck accident victim may file a wrongful death civil lawsuit against the parties who are found to be responsible for the accident, even if no criminal charges have been issued. When an accident is caused by the negligence of a commercial truck driver, both the driver and his or her employer may in some cases be held accountable for the resulting damages.
Source: Jacksonville.com, "Authorities identify man killed in crash involving tractor-trailer, pickup truck in Clay County," Joe Daraskevich, April 23, 2015