A 24-year-old Merritt Island, Florida woman was killed when the truck she was riding in was struck by an oncoming truck on South Tropical Trail. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the young woman was pronounced dead after the crash, which happened at 5:36 a.m. near Crooked Mile Road.
Traffic investigators say the woman was riding in a 2001 Toyota truck driven by a 26-year-old man from Orlando. According to troopers, the motorist was speeding north on South Tropical Trail. He overcorrected when he drove onto the shoulder of the road, veering into the path of a southbound 1997 Ford truck. A 45-year-old Merritt Island resident was driving the Ford. Both she and the driver were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The crash is under investigation and charges are pending.
We offer our condolences for family and friends of the young woman and our prayers for a full recovery for the injured parties.
Speeding Vehicles Cause Accidents
We do not know the specific causes of this accident or who will be held responsible. But we do know that speed kills. Federal statistics from 2008 indicate that speeding is one of the most prevalent factors in traffic fatalities. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says speeding was involved in about 31% of fatal crashes in 2008, causing 11,674 deaths.
Help With Your Personal Injury
With the few details available about this tragic accident, it is difficult to say why the truck would drift onto the shoulder of the road. Perhaps the driver was distracted, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or maybe he dozed off at the wheel. Maybe there was something wrong with the truck. If he is found responsible for this fatal crash, he could be held liable for damages, medical cost, and lost wages. The consequences for the death of his passenger could be even greater.
Victims in accidents should get in touch with an experienced Florida personal injury attorney. A knowledgeable attorney can investigate the accident to determine if there is any negligence. Many accident victims also need advice on how their insurance policy works in the case of an uninsured or underinsured driver.