March 2 was likely the worst day of one Florida man’s life. It was the day that he lost his wife and three children in a truck accident. What makes this man’s loss even more traumatic is the fact that he heard it all happen on the phone.
His wife’s vehicle broke down on a bridge. She and their three children — ages 18, 17 and 6 — were in the vehicle with her. As she talked to her husband, cars flew past them. Then, his wife expressed concern about a truck barrelling toward her car.
The man heard the impact and stayed on the phone until it went dead. He attempted to get to the scene as quickly as he could, but the accident backed up traffic. Police report that the vehicle burst into flames after being struck by the 18-wheeler. The fire burned so hot that it melted items in the vehicle, such as the victims’ clothes and shoes. The impact was so hard that the back seats ended up in the front part of the passenger compartment.
The Florida man has exercised his right to file wrongful death claims against the driver of the truck and the company for which the trucker was driving at the time of this tragic truck accident. At last report, police were still attempting to ascertain why the truck driver did not even slow down prior to the impact. The fact that the truck did not slow, however, could be offered as evidence of negligence. If the court determines that this man’s family died due to the negligence of another, the man may be awarded monetary damages, which will not bring back his family, but could provide him with at least some sense of justice.
Source: 11alive.com, “Father on phone, hears crash that killed wife, kids“, Clark Foreaker, Nov. 4, 2015