Three people were injured when a semi-truck collided with another near Jennings, Florida and the Georgia state line, according to an article from The Gainesville Sun. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that the driver of the semi, a 2002 Freightliner, was critically injured. Her passenger was also taken to Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. She was seriously injured. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that the 2002 Freightliner was eastbound on County Road 152 when she failed to stop at a stop sign. Another semi, a 1993 Freightliner, was heading north on CR 152. The front of the trailer hit the left side of the other truck and his rig overturned and blocked two lanes of the highway. Charges are pending, reports the FHP.
The three drivers are in our prayers. Let’s hope they pull through their injuries. Our best wishes go out to their families.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2007, there were 413,000 large trucks on the road and 4,584 were involved in crashes that had fatalities. An additional 101,000 injuries occurred. 62 percent of accidents that involve large trucks happen in rural areas and many of the crashes occur during the daytime. Florida had 4,566 vehicles involved in fatal crashes that year, according to NHTSA.
There are many things to consider when an accident case involves a truck. A Florida accident lawyer handling truck crash cases must know interstate commerce, Department of Transportation and Florida state laws concerning the licensing, rules, and local load limits, among other things.
In this case, I would want to determine if either party had been speeding. The black box on the vehicle may reveal that. It should also be determined if the rigs were in good working order and whether the tires contributed to this accident. An accident reconstructionist needs to be hired right away, and the evidence needs to be preserved, regardless of the cause. Road engineers can lend insight into the condition of the roadway and stop signs. A consultation on an accident involving a truck is always comprehensive and free for victims and their families.