Extensive and specialized training is needed to drive a tractor-trailer safely. In Florida and across the country, truck drivers must meet certain requirements and obtain Class A commercial drivers’ licenses to operate tractor-trailers. Even though the vast majority of truck drivers are well-trained and experienced, they can still make mistakes. Unfortunately, truck accidents have a higher probability of serious injury or death since tractor-trailers are so big.
A recent accident involving a tractor-trailer and a school bus in Pensacola resulted in several children suffering injuries. The accident happened during the morning hours on Nine One Half Mile Road near Pensacola Boulevard. According to reports from the Florida Highway Patrol, the school bus was headed to a local middle school when it was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer.
Reports said a total of 13 students were taken to a local hospital for treatment and to be evaluated. Luckily, none of the students were seriously injured, authorities said. Reportedly, the accident happened because the driver of the tractor-trailer failed to maintain a safe distance and hit the rear left side of the bus. Police said the truck driver was cited for suspicion of careless driving.
Legal help is available
Unfortunately, it is impossible to predict when a serious crash will occur. Those in Florida who have suffered injuries or the tragic loss of a loved one in truck accidents caused by a negligent driver have options they can explore to obtain damages. By contacting a personal injury attorney and filing a lawsuit, those affected could be awarded compensation to help with the financial burdens caused by an unforeseen accident.