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Police in Florida say that a truck accident in the state has left one shark dead. The incident happened last Wednesday afternoon along Interstate 95. A tractor-trailer carrying four sharks was traveling from Marathon, Florida, to a New York City aquarium when one of its tires went flat. The truck driver soon lost control of the vehicle and it ran off the interstate not far from Oak Hill, Florida.

Three Surviving Sharks Successfully Rescued

The four sharks were being housed in separate aquarium tanks. The crash caused one of the tanks to be damaged and the shark inside it was unable to survive. Fortunately, the three other sharks, in addition to three people who were riding in the truck, did not suffer any injuries in the incident.

A rescue team from SeaWorld Orlando moved swiftly into action to save the three surviving sharks. They were transferred to SeaWorld Orlando's facility to be housed until a new transportation plan is organized. A representative from SeaWorld announced that the three sharks are doing well and they are in good condition.

Who Is Liable for This Shark's Death?

Transportation of sensitive marine life is a costly and risky process. Indeed, even the slightest of imbalances inside a marine aquarium -- regarding the quality of the water, the temperature and other factors -- could result in the shark suffering illness or death. In this case, it was a blown tire that ultimately caused the death of the shark, which no doubt represented an extremely valuable commodity to the aquarium that owned it. This begs the question: Who will be liable for the costs associated with the death of the shark and the rescuing and housing of the surviving sharks?

It is likely that the value of the shark in this case was covered by some kind of insurance policy. Therefore, the owners of the shark may be covered in terms of costs. However, the insurance company could seek to hold the trucking company or the company that manufactured the failed tire liable for costs. Still, more information will need to be investigated before these liability issues will become clear. Key information in determining liability might include: the mechanical condition of the truck; the model of the truck; the types of tires used; the speed the truck driver was driving; whether the truck driver was obeying all traffic laws; and information about the company in charge of transporting the shark and its policies. Even with more information, though, car accident litigation may be required before the matter is completely settled.