Bicycling is enjoyed year round here in Tampa Bay by sporting enthusiasts as well as those who use their bicycles to commute to and from work. Despite the many safety precautions that riders take such as wearing helmets, following traffic laws and watching out for other drivers on the roadways, many serious accidents involving cyclists and trucks occur on our roadways. Unfortunately, no matter how many safety precautions cyclists may follow, cyclists are extremely vulnerable to sustaining serious or even fatal injuries when involved in bicycle accidents involving semi-trucks, especially those caused by a negligent driver.
In fact, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s office, a bicyclist was seriously injured recently after being struck by a semi-truck hauling a 53-foot box trailer in Winter Haven traveling northbound on U.S. 17 near Snively Avenue when it hit a 53 year old bicyclist. The truck’s tires crushed one of the man’s arms, and he had to be transported by air to Lakeland Regional Medical Center where he was listed in serious, but stable condition. The crash remains under investigation, although reports have ruled out speed and alcohol as playing any role in the accident.
Another cyclist was involved in a fatal crash in Tampa last month involving a trucking accident on N. Florida Avenue. According to Tampa Police, Rudolph A. Moncur, 59, traveling south on his bicycle failed to stop at a red light at the intersection on Florida Avenue and was struck by a truck travelling through the intersection on a green light. Moncur was taken to St. Joseph’s and pronounced dead. No charges are expected to be filed against the truck driver. An autopsy and toxicology reports are pending.
Hiring an experienced Tampa Bay trucking accident personal injury attorney is recommended if you or a family member have been seriously injured or a family member has been killed in an accident involving a truck. Since trucking accidents can be quite complex, they require the expertise of a trucking personal injury lawyer to handle the case.
At Brooks Law Group, we offer free consultations and advice regarding your trucking accident case so that you can make the right decision on pursing the compensation that you are entitled to for your injuries or your loved one’s loss of life. Our team of experienced Tampa personal injury trucking lawyers will thoroughly investigate your case starting with obtaining a copy of the accident report from the police, talking to witnesses, reviewing witness statements and any toxicology reports to determine the cause of the accident and who is responsible as well as hiring expert witnesses to testify on your behalf. We will fight for you by building a strong and compelling case in your favor so that you can recover compensation against the responsible party or the insurance company for the responsible party.