Sadly, a man has lost his life and another was injured in a two-vehicle crash on I-75 recently. The accident occurred the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 5. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the crash.
Details regarding the accident
Reports state the accident occurred around 3:30 p.m. It happened on I-75 south of State Road 60 near the 256 mile marker. Apparently, a Jeep SUV, which had been towing a boat trailer, was parked on the shoulder when a pickup truck, driven by a 28-year-old man, struck the boat and the SUV.
Reportedly, a 46-year-old man from Brandon was standing next to the parked SUV when the collision occurred, and he was taken to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. The crash propelled the boat off the trailer and onto the outside shoulder of the road. The pickup also ended up on the outside shoulder, and the SUV finally came to rest on the inside shoulder. No word was given as to why the 28-year-old lost control of his pickup and collided with the parked SUV and its trailer. Another person inside the SUV was also injured.
If authorities determine the 28-year-old man was acting negligently or irresponsibly behind the wheel and that led to his losing control of his vehicle and causing the crash, the injured party and the surviving family members of the deceased reserve the right to pursue a personal injury and wrongful death claim, respectively, against the driver along with anyone else with ownership of the pickup. Only after a successful showing on negligence on the part of the 28-year-old driver will the court adjudicate the claim and award damages. Those interested in pursuing civil claims against the at-fault driver will do well to work with an experienced personal injury attorney to increase their chances for a successful outcome.