As of early this morning, members of the Florida Highway Patrol have reported that seven people have died and more than eight have been critically injured in a crash on Interstate 75 yesterday afternoon.
The accident involved two large tractor-trailers, a sedan, and a passenger van. The trailers of both 18-wheelers burned up after the crash, and it has been estimated that at least 50 gallons of diesel fuel spilled after the collision. One truck driver died during the accident, and most of the casualties and injuries occurred among van passengers, the majority of whom were children. A homicide investigation is currently underway.
The debris and spillage left behind after the accident were so severe that the portion of I-75 that runs between 39th Avenue and U.S. 441 was completely shut down. However, northbound lanes and one southbound lane have been cleared for use.
We Are Uniquely Equipped to Handle Complex, Multi-Vehicle Truck Accidents
At Pratt Clay, LLC, we understand truck accidents and multi-car pileups, and we know how challenging it can be for injured parties to obtain the necessary compensation for damages, such as:
- Medical expenses
- Hospital bills
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Financial damages related to lost wages, lost savings, etc.
- Permanent or long-term disability
Establishing liability for the accident in question is always key to obtaining the compensation you deserve after suffering serious damages. However, this is particularly challenging when trucks are involved, especially considering that trucking companies have a vested interest in covering up evidence, avoiding liability, and doing anything necessary to invalidate your claim.
Here at Pratt Clay, LLC, we understand personal injury law, car accident law, truck accident law, and insurance law very well. As such, we are uniquely equipped to handle claims on behalf of victims of crashes such as the recent I-75 accident. If you or someone you love has been involved in a serious accident involving large trucks or other commercial vehicles, connect with an Atlanta truck accident lawyer as soon as possible.