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Two Trucks Collide in Lakeland Accident

Chris Russo Jun 29, 2011

This accident involved two trucks that collided near the intersection of South Tennessee Avenue and East Orange Street in downtown Lakeland.  Reports indicate that a 2004 Ford produce truck, operated for Goddard Produce, was struck on the driver's side door.  This accident happened at approximately 9:00 a.m.  The other vehicle was a 2006 Ford pickup truck.  The Goddard Produce truck turned on its side as a result of the collision.  There are apparently minor injuries to both drivers.  The drivers' statements are also apparently conflicting.  This accident is still under investigation.

While this accident is still under investigation and the drivers' statements are conflicting, this accident was more likely than not the result of negligence by a single driver.  It appears that the accident happened when one vehicle was driving straight through an intersection while the other vehicle struck it perpendicular.  This likely means that one driver had the right of way and the other driver had a duty to stop.  More investigation is needed to determine whether one driver had a green light and the other a red light.  Further, the driver of the Goddard Produce truck should be aware that worker's compensation is likely available to pay medical bills and lost wages.  Upon a financial recovery from the other driver, the Goddard Produce driver will have to repay the worker's compensation system for medical bills and lost wages actually paid out.  Based on the circumstances of the case, the worker's compensation carrier may negotiate the lien against the recovery.  This is a reason why one might want to consult with a Lakeland personal injury or truck accident lawyer for advice.  A consultation is free and there are no attorney fees or costs unless you make a financial recovery.

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