A North Courtenay Boulevard crash involving a tractor trailer and at least three other vehicles on Merritt Island was very serious in terms of size. However, the crash resulted in only minor injuries for those involved. The truck accident occurred at the intersection of North Courtenay and State Road 528 when the semi flipped over and struck three vehicles. The northbound lanes of State Road 528 were closed for several hours as police investigated.
Four people were treated for minor injuries and the Brevard County Fire Rescue’s HazMat Team worked to contain a small fuel leak. The truck was not reported as carrying any hazardous material; however, any fuel leak is usually treated as a hazardous situation.
The Florida Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash but has not yet determined what caused the truck driver to lose control of the rig and crash into the other cars. There is no word on whether any of the drivers were tested for alcohol or drugs or whether any of the vehicles involved were reported to be speeding.
Those who have been victims of a truck accident may be entitled to collect damages from the truck driver, the trucking company or others involved in the crash. However, the liability for an accident involving a large truck can be complicated by the fact that the truck driver, owner and employer may all reside in different locations. A truck accident attorney may be able to assist the victim of a crash to sort out the liability involved and collect damages for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering among other costs and expenses.
Source: Florida Today, “Road reopens following Merritt Island accident“, J.D. Gallop, June 13, 2013