The driver of a tractor-trailer stopped his rig on the fast lane of I-10, causing a multiple crash that resulted in the death of a fellow truck driver. The culprit, Andre J. Dixon, claims he thought he had sideswiped another vehicle and decided to stop and investigate. Stopping his truck to check if he had actually been in an accident was the responsible thing to do. However, he should not have stopped on the fast lane and/or taken too long to place reflective cones around his truck to warn other drivers that he had stopped.
According to the police report, Mr. Dixon got out of his truck and was walking on the grassy median when another tractor-trailer rear-ended his truck. Then a pick-up truck slammed into the back of this second rig. The report also states that Mr. Dixon was placing the reflective triangles around his destroyed eighteen-wheeler when police arrived, something that he should have done much earlier, according to regulations by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
As a result, mysanantonio.com reports, this negligent driver has been charged with one count of criminally negligent homicide, a crime punishable by up to two years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.00.
Deadly Rear End Collision
Unfortunately, the driver of the tractor-trailer that slammed into the back of Mr. Dixon’s truck died at the scene, while the driver of the pick-up truck was taken to the hospital with a broken leg and other injuries.
Driver Negligence or Inadequate Training?
Throughout our firm’s many years of practice, we have seen how trucking companies fail to properly train their drivers. Could this have been the case with Mr. Dixon? Was he aware of regulations that required him to immediately place reflective triangles around his truck in order to warn other drivers of the hazardous situation caused by his stopping in the middle of the road?
Hopefully the investigation will determine why Mr. Dixon failed to comply with the trucking rules. Yet, we cannot help but wonder if he was adequately trained. Mr. Dixon received his commercial driver’s license only last August. That is not a lot of time to be familiar with all the rules or to potentially have enough experience to be operating such a large vehicle safely on our roads.
The Lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano Can Help
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident with a commercial truck, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling these cases. For example, eighteen-wheelers or tractor-trailers are subject to a set of rules different to those that govern local delivery trucks or vans. Being familiar with those rules allows experienced truck accident lawyers, like those from Greenberg Stone and Urbano, to know what kind of evidence their investigators should be looking for and therefore, be adequately prepared to defend their clients’ rights.
Throughout the years, the Miami Dade County Truck Accidents Law Offices of Greenberg Stone and Urbano have 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.
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