Sadly, on Monday night, October 7th, 2013, just before 8:00 PM, Vincent T. Mathews and Mariah King of Port
St. Lucie were killed when their shouldered vehicle was struck by a northbound
tractor trailer that veered off to the side of the road.
The families of Mr. Mathews and Ms. King both have a particularly strong
wrongful death suit claim against the company that owns the tractor, the driver of the tractor,
or the insurance company that underwrites the commercial insurance policy
the tractor is covered under.
The driver of the Peterbilt tractor, with a full trailer in tow, fled the
scene after the accident. As early as Tuesday morning, the driver had
been identified as Robert Bates of Sanford, Florida, and the company that
owns the truck as Mercer Transport of Louisville, Kentucky.
Investigators found the truck in Orlando, Florida Highway Patrol spokesmen
said, but by the time authorities arrived at the identified location,
Bates and his truck were gone. Bates has since been located and questioned
A death incurred at the hands of
negligent commercial trucking drivers make for a tragic situation which can never be fully understood by victims
and their families. But by bringing a wrongful death suit against the
responsible defendants, the grieving families of Vincent Mathews and of
Mariah King can bring themselves some peace in due time.
Commercial trucking companies typically hold bodily injury insurance policies
of around $10 million to carry potential losses related to accidents that have the ability to
inflict enormous damage to life and property, such as in this case. The
surviving families of the victims have a legitimate claim to those funds,
but without a lawyer, they are fighting the insurance companies themselves
– and will likely end up with only a small fraction of the policy limits.
Families of those who have lost loved ones as a result of any negligence
on another's part (auto accidents, trucing accidents, nursing home
abuse, or slip and fall) are encouraged to
contact an experienced, compassionate attorney who can fight for the rights of the victim and your right as survivors.
Call 1-(561) 600-5605 or (561) 697-4440 to speak with an attorney right
now, for free, about your case. Our compensation is realized only if we secure a settlement or award for you.
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