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Truck driver dies in 3-vehicle accident

Archives, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

An early morning Saturday accident killed a semi tractor-trailer driver from Lakeland, according to Florida Highway Patrol.  The semi driver was traveling west on SR60; there was also a minivan traveling close by.  Both vehicles were approached by a pick-up truck traveling east. According to FHP reports, the 47-year old semi driver drove into the…

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Commercial trucks on the highways

Archives, Trucking Accidents

Florida roads have commercial trucks on them all day long.  Someone asked what dangers are associated with these trucks on the roads.  Let me summarize for you.   Big-rigs or semi-trucks require a greater stopping distance than passenger cars.  If a car is following too closely and the truck needs to stop quickly, the car…

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18-wheeler involved in accident

Archives, Trucking Accidents

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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Florida big rig statistics

Archives, Trucking Accidents

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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