The wife of Timothy Powers, the 49-year-old Vero Beach motorcyclist who was killed in a crash with a tractor-trailer on US 1 on January 24 is suing the trucker and the driver’s truck company for wrongful death.
The Florida Highway Patrol says Powers could not see the truck due to the heavy morning fog. He tried safely laying down his motorcycle but was thrown off as the truck struck him as it tried to make a U-turn. Powers died at the truck accident scene.
In her lawsuit, Jennifer Powers is accusing truck driver Felix Villa of negligence. She also alleges that Torres Trucking & Tree Hauling Corp was vicariously liable for her husband’s death.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were 5,212 truck accident fatalities in 2005-a large truck being defined as a truck with a gross vehicle weight rating over 10,000 lbs.
18-wheeler trucks, tractor-trailers, big rig trucks, large delivery trucks, and other large trucks can be a serious injury hazard to motorcyclists, the drivers and passengers of other cars, pedestrians, and bicyclists if a truck driver is negligent on the road and causes a traffic accident. Trucking companies are prepared to deal with these injury cases, and many of them will act fast to minimize liability on their part.
Our South Florida truck accident law firm is knowledgeable about dealing with large truck companies, their representatives, and their insurance companies, and we will protect your right to financial recovery.
We know how to investigate the truck crash scene and the vehicles involved to prove liability, and we will zealously pursue your compensation for you.
Vero Beach widow files lawsuit against truck driver, TC Palm.com, July 1, 2008
Large Truck Fatal Crash Statistics, 1975-2005, FMCSA.dot.gov
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