Serious injuries caused by dump truck accident in Hillsborough County, Florida

On August 22, 2018, three children and one adult were seriously injured when a dump truck hit their vehicle head-on. The crash occurred on US 309 in Hillsborough County, Florida.

The Florida Highway Patrol reported that the dump truck driver failed to see stopped traffic in front of him and swerved into the opposite lane and oncoming traffic. It was at this point that the dump truck struck a Ford Explorer head-on, causing serious injuries to the 40-year-old driver of the Explorer and three children who were passengers.

The driver and the children were transported to Tampa General Hospital with serious injuries. It was reported that a 6-year-old boy was in critical condition.

Being involved in an accident with a large truck can be devastating to a family. Due to the size of the truck involved, the impact of the crash can cause very serious injuries or death. Some semi-trucks and tractor-trailers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds.

The number of large trucks on Florida’s roads and highways is increasing. Nationwide, crashes involving large trucks have increased every year since 2009. The percentage of fatal truck accidents has increased 42 percent between 2009 and 2017, the latest year this data is available.

If you have been involved in an accident involving a large truck or tractor-trailer, contact the truck accident lawyers at Joyce & Reyes at (813) 251-2007. The initial consultation is free.