A Florida woman was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer early today while reporting an accident she had just been involved in. According to jacksonville.com the 29 year-old Lauderhill resident was traveling northbound on I-95 when her car veered off the road near Brunswick, Georgia, subsequently striking a guardrail and bouncing back onto the traffic lanes.
Apparently, she called 911 soon thereafter to report the accident and while on the phone with a State patrol operator, she was struck by an eighteen-wheeler driven by Carlos Borges Sores, a 48 year-old Miami resident. The emergency services dispatcher claims to have heard the impact. According to State patrol operator Steve Drury, they heard the victim say something like: "Oh my God" and then they heard the truck hitting her.
An investigation into the facts of this case is underway and it is too early to place blame until more facts are known. Moreover, the victim was telling the emergency operator that her vehicle, a 2005 Dodge Stratus, had no lights on after the first accident. However, the accident with the truck happened at around 3 a.m. Given our many years of experience seeing truck companies set schedules that force their drivers to be on the road for longer hours that they legally should, we cannot help but wonder whether driver fatigue player a role here.
We Have Direct Experience With This Kind of Cases
Our firm has direct experience handling cases just like the one described above. We represented the estate of a Plantation woman that was struck and killed by a speeding SUV, while she stood on the emergency lane waiting for help with her disabled vehicle. In our case, the victim's car had broken down on I-595 in Davie. Since her family hired us soon after the accident, much of the evidence was still available. We conducted an exhaustive investigation that allowed us to recover the black box (event data recorder) of the at-fault driver's SUV. This device showed that the vehicle was traveling 20 miles over the posted speed limit at the time it struck the victim, allowing us to recover a substantial settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of her children.
The Lawyers of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano Can Help
With more than 70 years of combined experience handling commercial truck accident cases with fatalities, the lawyers of the Law Offices of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano can help.
If you were injured while waiting out of your car for help after a breakdown or an accident, or if you lost a loved one under similar circumstances, we urge to contact an experienced law firm. The Miami Dade County Car Accidents Attorneys of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano have handled many cases involving traffic fatalities, traumatic brain injuries and serious personal injuries.
Please note that our practice has been extended with a new satellite office in Aventura to better serve clients that reside in Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood, Hallandale Beach, Dania & Dania Beach, Miramar, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Aventura, Miami Beach, Surfside, Sunny Isles and Miami Gardens. Visit our website to learn more about the firm and call us today to discuss your accident in a free consultation.