A silver Nissan Altima was struck by a semi-truck from Saddle Creek Corporation at the intersection of US98 and Rockridge Road in Lakeland, Florida on May 17, 2018 at approximately 2:45 p.m. The Ledger reported that the Nissan Altima driver had a green light at the time of the impact and had just started to pass through the intersection. The driver of the Nissan Altima, Charles Kimbrough, Jr., died at the scene. After the collision, the semi-truck continued its momentum until it reached a gas station and partially tipped over.
Advice From A Lakeland Truck Accident Attorney
This accident is absolutely tragic and is the type that you wish that no family ever had to endure. However, it happened because the truck driver misjudged the traffic light, likely near the end of a run and wanting to get home as soon as possible.
In many traffic accident cases, there is often some debate about responsibility for the accident. This is a case where there appears to be 100% responsibility on the truck.
This means that Saddle Creek is going to be responsible to pay 100% of the deceased driver’s damages in a wrongful death case. Saddle Creek is also a large trucking company with income and assets beyond the usual $1 million USDOT motor carrier insurance policy.
Saddle Creek is a “family owned” company and is reported to have over 2,000 employees, 15 million square feet of warehouse space, and 27 locations across the U.S. Other information indicates that the company had net income of $510 million in 2017.
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This case should be properly evaluated for the trucking company’s ability to pay and a damages standpoint by legal counsel. This is also a case where the insurance company for Saddle Creek may try to contact the family of the deceased driver and attempt an early settlement without litigation and without proper financial disclosures from Saddle Creek. Whether an early settlement is adequate under the circumstances or not is a decision for the family after they have been properly advised of their rights.
Get Help If You Have Questions
If you have questions about what information you should be receiving after a semi-truck accident, you should contact a Lakeland, Florida truck accident attorney for help with your case and to privately discuss your legal options. Contact us today for your free appointment with an attorney.