A recent Sarasota accident on I-75 has resulted in the arrest of a 16-year-old teenager who fled the scene of a deadly tanker truck accident. As the teen was driving with a 15-year-old passenger in the middle of the night, a tanker truck hit them from behind. The details of how this initial collision occurred are unclear. However, it is clear that the 16-year-old driver fled the scene of a deadly accident which is considered a second-degree felony in Florida. Additionally, the teenager was driving on a restricted learner's driver's license which meant he was not supposed to be driving at the time this accident occurred.
As the tanker truck hit the back of the vehicle driven by the teenager, the truck driver was ejected from the tractor-trailer and died at the scene. The tanker truck was carrying 8,500 gallons of fuel, making this accident even more dangerous than others. Instead of seeking to help the truck driver in need, the teenagers fled and did not turn back.
At Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, we have come across trucking accidents where criminal conduct is involved. We have represented clients in a wide variety of cases that are never exactly alike. You may have experienced a similar situation as this accident described above, but more likely than not, there are some facts that are unique to your particular situation. As such, you deserve a fair and impartial case evaluation to help you have a better understanding of what legal steps may be available to you.
Could this Accident Have Been Prevented?
When we look back, it is easy to say that an accident may have or may not have been prevented. However, in this particular instance, it is undisputed the 16-year-old boy had been driving on a restricted driver's license at 3:00 am in the middle of the night with a 15-year-old passenger, which was strictly prohibited. Had the teenager not been driving in violation of his restricted learner's license, the tanker truck may never have slammed into the back of the teenager's vehicle.
Some may ask questions about the tanker truck driver's conduct. Was he speeding? Was he paying attention? Was he talking on the phone? What about the teenage driver? Was he driving inattentively or under the influence? These are all legitimate questions that may not have answers yet. But, the fact remains that a teenager was driving illegally and fled the scene of an accident that left a tanker truck driver dead. Perhaps we will know more details over time that will shed more light on why this accident occurred.
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