Archives

Interstate 95 reopens after big-rig crash

Archives, Trucking Accidents

A semi-truck hauling several types of chemicals, including battery acid and petroleum, crashed near the New Dunn Avenue overpass of Interstate 95 in Ormond Beach, closing it down. Florida Highway Patrol reported that the truck was traveling south on Interstate 95 when it blew a tire.  The driver crashed into several barriers in the median,…

Continue Reading

18-wheeler accident on Pensacola highway

Archives, Trucking Accidents

Interstate 10 in Pensacola was the scene of an 18-wheeler that burst into flames after the brakes apparently failed to operate.  The trailer was carrying thousands of pounds of shredded cheese being delivered to a Little Caesars Pizza Restaurant. As the truck driver approached Pensacola, he discovered that the trailer’s brakes were on fire; he…

Continue Reading

Federal trucking regulations

Archives, Trucking Accidents

Just as a reminder, a trucking company and driver are responsible for making sure the truck driven is in good condition and all parts are working correctly. Federal Trucking Regulation 49 C.F.R. § 396 applies to commercial trucks that carry more than 15 people, transport hazardous cargo and/or weigh more than 10,000 pounds.  In part,…

Continue Reading

Causes of big-rig accidents

Archives, Trucking Accidents

Statistics show that the State of Florida has about 3,000 big-rig accidents each year.  Reasons include driver fatigue, following too closely, speeding, failure to stay in one lane and not paying attention to vehicles on the road.  An accident with a truck this size can lead to serious injury and sometimes death. Other reasons for…

Continue Reading

Fed-Ex driver killed in Tampa accident

Archives, Trucking Accidents

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. …

Continue Reading

Unsafe commercial trucks

Archives, Trucking Accidents

The Collier County Sheriff’s department is cracking down on unsafe commercial trucks in the southern part of Florida.  The Sheriff is warning motorists to use caution when driving near a commercial truck.  A semi truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds when it is fully loaded.  That is about 20 times the weight of…

Continue Reading