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Florida Crash Between Worker Bus And Semi

Florida Crash Between Worker Bus And Semi

In Fort Meade, Florida, one person was killed and almost a dozen more were injured after a bus and semi-tanker crashed head-on in Polk County on US-98. The bus was carrying 38 grove workers just after 6 a.m. on April 3, 2023, when it had crossed the centerline and struck a semi-truck head-on. Based on statements from the sheriff’s department, the workers in the bus were traveling to harvest strawberries in Plant City. The tanker was carrying almost 10,000 pounds of unleaded gasoline and had sustained a small leak. One worker lost their life in the incident, and nine others were transported to various hospitals in the area, including Tampa General Hospital, Lake Wales Hospital, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, and Sebring Hospital. The driver of the tanker was ushered to Bartow Regional Medical Center with less severe injuries. 

In every vehicle accident that happens, it can result in devastating injuries and life loss. With the incident described above, it’s sad to realize that it was a hardworking group of people who were traveling on their way to perform difficult labor that most of society doesn’t want to do, but is necessary to enjoy fresh fruit and produce that the natural world has to offer us. For reasons that are unknown, the bus driver had crossed over and careened head on into the semi-truck. This group of people had come to work for farmers who are unable to recruit people to do the work of picking strawberries and other vegetation. These are vulnerable individuals who did not deserve to have their life affected or lost. 

Truck accidents happen frequently on roadways all across the nation. At Truck Law, we have seen just how greatly people can suffer when they do occur. Many people who have been involved in truck-related accidents have sustained extensive injuries, or lost their lives. By working with an experienced truck accident lawyer, they can submit a personal injury claim so that you receive payment for medical costs, property damage, and more. There are several contributing factors for why a Florida truck accident may occur, such as:

  • Speeding
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Distractions
  • Road rage
  • Fatigue or sleepiness
  • Failure to yield
  • Mechanical or brake problems
  • Inexperienced or lack of trained truck drivers

Because there are so many factors for a truck accident, and numerous parties who could share liability, understanding the causes of an accident can be challenging. That is why it is recommended that a lawyer performs an investigation to uncover the factors which allowed the incident to unfold. Having a lawyer from a reputable law firm represent a victim’s case can make all the difference in their ability to recover or get the financial means required to take care of themselves. For those who have just been in a serious and traumatic accident, they may not have the energy or know-how to negotiate a fair settlement that covers their current and future expenses. But when there is a seasoned attorney at your side helping you, like our team, you can rely on them to offer continued support that yields the financial compensation deserved.