A tragic incident occurred in Osceola County, Florida. On the morning of Monday, July 24, 2023, a collision between a tow truck and a water tanker truck resulted in the loss of life of a 24-year-old tow truck driver, according to reports from the Florida Highway Patrol.
The accident took place near the intersection of Poinciana Parkway and Marigold Avenue in Kissimmee. It happened at around 9:22 a.m. The water tanker, driven by a 65-year-old man from Winter Park, was traveling north through the median on Poinciana Parkway. The location was within a construction zone and close to the junction with Marigold Avenue.
At the same time, a young tow truck driver from Ohio was driving a 2018 Mercedes Benz CLA-Class in the same direction but in the inner lane. According to the highway patrol's report, the water tanker veered into the inner lane, directly in the path of the approaching tow truck, resulting in a forceful impact.
The collision was severe, causing the young man to be ejected from his vehicle and sustain fatal injuries. He was pronounced deceased at the accident site. The driver of the water tanker was transported to a nearby hospital by emergency services due to serious injuries, as reported by the Florida Highway Patrol.
What to Do After a Collision with a Commercial Vehicle
Navigating the aftermath of an accident involving a commercial vehicle can be daunting. Here's a simple guide to ensure you take the right steps post-collision.
Immediately After the Accident
Check for Injuries
First and foremost, assess your physical condition and that of any passengers. If anyone is injured, call 911 right away. It's crucial to get medical help promptly to prevent any potential complications.
Move to a Safe Location
If you can, move your vehicle out of traffic to a safer location. If your vehicle is immovable, stay inside with your seatbelt fastened until help arrives.
Document the Scene
Take out your smartphone and begin documenting the accident scene. Capture images of vehicle damage, road conditions, traffic signals, and any noticeable injuries.
Ensure you collect the driver's details and those of the commercial vehicle. You'll need the driver's name, contact information, and insurance details. Also note down the vehicle's make, model, and license plate number.
Report the Incident
Notify the police about the collision, regardless of the severity. Having a police report will make the insurance claim process smoother.
Seek Medical Attention
Even if you feel okay, schedule a visit with your healthcare provider. Some injuries may not present symptoms immediately.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Inform your insurance provider about the accident as soon as possible. Be honest about the incident and provide all the necessary documentation.