A 47-year-old man was killed when the car he was in was struck by a tractor-trailer rig on U.S. 90 in Macclenny. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the trucking accident happened when the tractor-trailer failed to stop at a red light. The eighteen wheeler struck the passenger side of the vehicle.
Both the driver and passenger in the car were wearing seatbelts. The passenger died and the driver was taken to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center.
If the driver of the tractor-trailer did indeed run a red light, then the driver of the car has a claim for personal injuries and the family members of the passenger have a claim for wrongful death. We find that trucking companies typically purchase signficant insurance coverage as trucking accidents can often result in the most serious of injuries. Nevertheless, situations where individual owned trucks without sufficient insurance do ocurr.