8 Killed in Farm Worker Bus Crash Shutting Down S.R. 40 in Marion County | Ocala Car Accident Lawyers Whittel & Melton


A multi-fatality crash has shut down State Road 40 in Marion County between U.S. 41 and West County Road 328 between Ocala and Dunnellon.

According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the accident occurred around 6:30 a.m. today involving at least one or more large buses.

Marion County Public Safety Information officials confirmed that 53 people were onboard at the time of the accident, 8 people were killed, there are 8 additional trauma alerts, and 38 others were transported to nearby hospitals.

According to reports, the bus was carrying migrant workers to a watermelon farm.

The Florida Highway patrol is currently investigating this deadly collision.

What You Need to Know About Wrongful Death Claims from Car Accidents

Insurance companies are unlikely to advise victims’ relatives that they can file a wrongful death claim following a deadly accident. A wrongful death claim seeks financial compensation for the families of those killed in car accidents. While money cannot bring back a loved one, if someone’s negligence or carelessness resulted in your loved one’s death, they should be held accountable for the financial harm caused. These claims must be made by the surviving family members of the accident victim.

There is also a time frame for which these claims must be filed. In the state of Florida, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the death. If you miss this time frame, then you may be unable to seek financial compensation.

What Types of Damages Can Be Awarded to Surviving Family Members?

According to Florida law, surviving family members may pursue damages for both economic and noneconomic losses, such as:

  • Costs associated with burial and funerals
  • Loss of your loved one’s financial support system, including salary and benefits from their job
  • Psychological distress
  • Emotional anguish
  • Loss of companionship, moral support, or intimacy

Various damages could be awarded based on the specifics of the case. Based on the losses incurred by the deceased’s remaining family, a jury can determine what is fair.

Our Wrongful Death Lawyers Can Help

Our Marion County Wrongful Death Lawyers at Whittel & Melton represent both permanent and seasonal agricultural laborers. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident like this one, please call us at 352-369-5334 anytime for a FREE consultation or contact us online. We will listen to what happened and advise you on all your legal options, with the hopes of securing financial compensation on your behalf.

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