A Lakeland man died early Wednesday morning, July 13, when his Toyota hit the rear-end of a tractor-trailer. The collision happened around 2:30 a.m. in the 600 block of North Florida Avenue when a 2002 Toyota 4 Runner, driven by the 23-year-old man, was reportedly speeding when it entered the intersection with the US 98 Bypass. The Toyota reportedly struck the rear axle of a refrigerator car. The truck driver was wearing his seat belt but the Toyota driver was not.
This story by ABC Action News does not say how the Toyota driver died at the scene. Our condolences go out to his family for his passing.
Most occupant injuries occur when the driver is ejected from the vehicle’s windows, doors or back hatch. Generally, that occurs when the vehicle occupant is not wearing a seat belt. Despite having metal all around, when a seat belt fails, a door lock is defective, or an air bag fails to deploy – all of these can contribute to life-threatening injuries.
Since 1979, Farah & Farah has been meeting with and counseling accident victims and their families. In the case of a product failure, the accident victim may be entitled to receive compensation for all of their medical expenses as well as lost wages both for now and in the future. Let’s discuss your injuries so we can help you get back on the road to recovery.