A couple of months ago we had a deadly car pile up caused by smoke and fog on I-75 south of Gainesville. Now, we have another deadly pile up, seemingly also caused by smoke and fog, this time on U.S. 27 south of Lake Wales.
Another Tractor Trailer Involved in a Pile Up
According to wtsp.com, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received reports of limited visibility on U.S. 27 south of Lake Wales at about 4:53 a.m. this morning. Two minutes later an accident was reported in that area. Deputies arrived on the scene shortly thereafter to find three separate accidents in both the North and Southbound lanes. Nine vehicles (including an eighteen wheeler) were involved in the accidents and, unfortunately, two people died.
While two of the crashes only caused minor damage to the vehicles involved, the third collision cost the live of a motorcyclist and caused serious injuries to another person. In this third crash, investigators have determined that a tractor trailer traveling Southbound crossed into the Northbound lanes and crashed into a Ford SUV and a motorcycle, killing the motorcyclist. The driver of the SUV was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Although authorities believe that smoke and fog were the cause of the accidents, we cannot help but wonder whether driver fatigue played any role in the crash involving the eighteen wheeler. Throughout our many years of practice we have seen trucking companies force their truckers to drive longer hours than they should, overload their trucks or load them incorrectly, all in the name of profit.
During our many years of practice, we have seen commercial truck drivers engage in maneuvers that make us wonder how we don’t have more deadly accidents involving these increasingly larger tractor trailers. For example, we recently represented a young woman, Michelle Cardenas, that crashed her Honda Civic into the side of a tractor-trailer that made an improper and unexpected U-turn in front of her. The victim’s car was left unrecognizable as it passed under the eighteen wheeler and our client had to be cut out of the vehicle by rescue personnel. The young lady suffered multiple catastrophic injuries, including a traumatic brain injury.
In a separate case, we currently represent the estate of a young man recently killed when the car he was a passenger in was literally run over by an eighteen-wheeler. For more details on this and other commercial truck accident cases handled by our firm over the years, please visit the Notable Cases section of our website.
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. With 67 years of combined experience handling car accidents and tractor-trailer accident cases resulting in catastrophic injuries and wrongful death, the attorneys of Greenberg Stone and Urbano can help. 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.
The Miami Dade County Truck Accidents Law Offices of Greenberg Stone and 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.