A hazmat team was called to clean up oil and fuel spilled at a crash scene in Fort Walton Beach in the Florida panhandle. This followed an accident in which a teenage driver suffered serious injuries after the alleged negligence of a 20-year-old driver of a commercial vehicle. This type of incident could result in a personal injury lawsuit in a civil court.
According to a report by the Florida Highway Patrol, a 20-year-old man without a commercial vehicle license drove a truck that was loaded with a crane. Officers allege the driver attempted to make a turn without slowing down sufficiently to navigate the turn safely. The massive truck rolled over, causing the crane to fall onto three vehicles that were stopped at the intersection.
Reportedly, only one of those drivers were injured. A 17-year-old driver was rushed to a medical facility for treatment of serious injuries. A state trooper further reported that the driver of the truck was also cited for failure to present proof of insurance and for careless driving.
In a case such as this one, the injured driver will be entitled to pursue financial relief through the Florida civil justice system. An experienced personal injury attorney can determine whom to name as defendants because the vehicle owner and the employer of the alleged negligent driver might also be held accountable for damages. The attorney can advocate for the injured worker in pursuit of recovery of financial losses, such as medical expenses and lost income, along with non-financial damages like pain and suffering and other emotional damages.