A fatal pileup late Saturday evening on I-75 just South of Gainesville started with a three vehicle crash involving a tractor-trailer, according to msnbc.com.
As a result of the pileup, 10 people died and 18 got injured. The combination of heavy smoke from a nearby brush fire, the fog and the darkness were to blame for the low visibility that caused the initial accident involving an eighteen-wheeler and two passenger vehicles. Because of this accident and the deteriorating visibility, the Florida Highway Patrol closed both I-75 and nearby US-441. Both roads were re-opened a few hours later despite the poor visibility, which caused a series of pileups that brought about the death, injuries and destruction mentioned before.
Both Sides of the Road
Poor visibility affected both sides of the interstate and accidents started happening on both the Northbound and the Southbound lanes of I-75. Steven R. Camps, a witness who was driving home to Gainesville said that once the pileup started it felt like there was nowhere to run and that it looked “like the end of the World”. Visibility was so poor that rescuers arriving at the scene early Sunday had to listen for screams and moans to find victims in the mile long pileup.
Brush Fire May Have Be Arson
Police now suspect that the brush fire, which combined with fog and darkness helped blind the drivers of the vehicles involved in the deadly pileup, was arson. If so, this makes the arsonist liable for multiple counts of manslaughter. Police’s suspicion of arson is based on the fact that there were no controlled burns in the area, as well as no lightning strikes. A few years ago our law firm handled a tractor-trailer accident case that occurred on I-95 in northern Florida. After an extensive investigation we were able to successfully recover money damages for our clients. Although fog is a natural occurring event, professional tractor-trailer drivers are trained on how to handle encounters with smoke and fog. In that case some, if not all of the eighteen-wheeler drivers involved failed to follow their training and good judgment.
With more than 60 years of combined experience handling car accidents and tractor-trailer accident cases resulting in catastrophic injuries and wrongful death, the attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. currently represent the estate of a young man recently killed when his Honda collided with an eighteen-wheeler. Please note that our practice has been extended with a new satellite office in Aventura to better serve clients that reside in Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood, Hallandale Beach, Dania & Dania Beach, Miramar, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Aventura, Miami Beach, Surfside, Sunny Isles and Miami Gardens.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling these cases. The Miami Dade County Truck Accidents Law Offices of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano has throughout the years represented many clients involved in traffic fatalities, traumatic brain injuries and serious personal injuries. Visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today for a free consultation.