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Fatal accident on U. S. 27

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Recently a trucker stopped his semi-truck in a northbound lane on Highway U.S. 27 in Clewiston, Florida.  The semi flipped on its side.  A witness said it sounded like a bomb going off.  Another trucker, stopped in front of the truck to see if he could help.   Another driver crashed directly into the disabled truck…

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18-wheeler involved in accident

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The Florida Highway Patrol recently investigated an accident involving a passenger vehicle and an 18-wheeler.  The passenger vehicle, carrying an adult woman and two children, did not stop at the end of Highways 164 and 29.  The woman driver drove directly into the path of the semi, causing the semi to run over the front…

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Share the Road Safely Program

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For those of you who are not familiar with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Share the Road Safely Program, let me explain what it is.  The program gives commercial drivers an opportunity to set an example for other drivers to share the road safely.  It gives truck drivers an opportunity to improve their professional…

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Fed-Ex driver killed in Tampa accident

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Interstate 4 in Tampa was the scene of a fatal accident that killed a FedEx truck driver, recently.  The accident happened 85 miles south of Orlando and 280 miles north of Miami.  As the FedEx driver approached exit 301/92, a GMC truck’s tire flew into the path of the FedEx truck, causing the FedEx driver to lose control of his truck. …

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Pensacola, Florida – scene of 18-wheeler crash

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Recently the Florida Highway Patrol investigated a crash involving an 18-wheeler and a passenger vehicle that injured three people, including two children.  It seems the passenger vehicle did not stop at the end of Highway 164 and Highway 29 when the crash occurred.  The female driver, drove into the path of the semi truck, which was…

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Kissimmee crash

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The Florida Turnpike was the scene of a fire that shut it down.  The fire, shooting flames into the air, happened due to several tractor-trailers involved in a collision.  The truck driver and his passenger were injured and taken to a local hospital – their injuries were not life threatening. Investigators believe the refrigeration unit…

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Florida big rig statistics

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Are you aware that in a given year, Florida drivers are involved in more than 3,000 big rig accidents?  In the United States, there are over 50,000 large truck accidents with about 5,000 of those accidents involving fatalities (see the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website at http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov). In the fatal crashes, 39% were because…

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Driver fatigue causes accidents

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Unfortunately, too many truck drivers continue to drive when they are exhausted.  Most trucking companies pay their drivers when he or she makes delivery.  Did you know that 40% of truck accidents are because of driver fatigue?  The Federal government prohibits a driver from driving more than 10 hours but some drivers do not abide…

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Truck accident responsibility

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Truck accidents happen every day in Florida.  Having an accident with an 18-wheeler can cause serious injury and sometimes death.  A passenger vehicle has little chance of survival against a fully loaded 18-wheeler.   Under Federal Law, Title 49, Chapter III, “the liability of the trucking company is statutory in addition to general common law”. …

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