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Rear-end collision involving commercial truck ends in 1 death

Distractions, impairment and speed are just some of the factors that lead to collisions on Florida's highways. It is largely up to law enforcement officials to figure out which factors led to a certain crash. This is the task before investigators after a recent rear-end collision that ultimately involved four vehicles and killed one man.

Sometime after 9 a.m. on a recent Wednesday morning, troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol were called to the scene of a chain reaction crash in the northbound lanes of Florida's Turnpike. Upon arrival, it was discovered that a commercial truck failed to slow for traffic and ran into the back of one pickup truck. Two more pickup trucks were also struck before the four vehicles came to a rest.

The 66-year-old Florida man driving the first pickup truck that was hit succumbed to the injuries he suffered in the impact there at the scene. One other person suffered minor injuries and the remaining individuals involved escaped injury all together. At last report, the investigation had not yet concluded, so no word of what charges may be filed in connection with the crash, if any.

In the meantime, a family must deal with the loss of one of its members. At some point, surviving family members may exercise their right to file a wrongful death claim in connection with this tragic rear-end collision. If they successfully prove that negligence led to the death of their loved one, they may receive a monetary judgment to help defray the unexpected financial losses sustained as a result of the accident.

Source: wptv.com, "66-year-old Okeechobee man identified in deadly Turnpike crash in suburban Boca Raton", Nov. 8, 2017

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