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Improper Turn By Tractor-Trailer Causes Accident on I-75

According to, the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 were closed after the driver of a tractor-trailer, Julio Rosario Alicea, a 45-year-old resident of Riverview, improperly changed from the inside to the outside lanes and hit a 2007 Toyota Prius driven by Thea Moore, a 40-year-old resident of Wesley Chapel.

Apparently, after striking Ms. Moore’s vehicle, Mr. Alicea over-corrected to the left, then to the right, causing his vehicle to overturn and hit the guardrail. Thankfully, neither Alicea, Moore nor a 4-year-old occupant of her vehicle were injured. However, traffic was closed on the southbound lanes for two hours.

Mr. Alicea was cited for an improper lane change and the Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating the circumstances of this accident.

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. Alicea? Was he aware of regulations that required him to make sure there are no vehicles occupying the lane he intends to move to and to signal his intention to change lanes with sufficient time for any vehicles in that lane to slow down and allow him to switch or speed up and get out of his way?

Hopefully the investigation will determine why Mr. Alicea failed to comply with the trucking rules. Yet, we cannot help but wonder if he was adequately trained.

Driver Fatigue?

Similarly, we know that driver fatigue is a common cause for eighteen-wheeler accidents. Drivers stay behind the wheel for a longer time than they should, get tired and drowsy, failing to notice a car sitting on the lane next to them. We have seen it happen time and again throughout our many years of practice. Frequently driver fatigue happens when jobs that are supposed to be handled by two drivers, are handled by one driver because that driver does not want to split with someone else what the trucking company is paying for that particular haul. Since these drivers do not have a back-up driver to help them handle the extra hours, they have no choice but to stay behind the wheel for more hours than they should. This is especially true when the driver’s greed is coupled with an unreasonable delivery schedule set by the company, which does not allow for the driver to rest as much as he needs, forcing him to stay behind the wheel for longer hours than he should and making him drowsy and unable to avoid accidents like the one in question.

Of course it is too early to say with any degree of certainty why this particular driver failed to comply with the rules as the investigation has just begun. Yet, given our many years of experience handling commercial truck accident cases, we cannot help but wonder whether Mr. Alicea failed to notice Ms. Moore’s car in the next lane just because he was too tired.

The Lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano Can Help

With more than 100 years of combined professional experience handling truck accident cases, the lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano have seen how trucking companies fail to properly train their drivers and how greed makes truckers drive for longer hours than they should, becoming drowsy and making mistakes that lead to accidents.

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. 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. For more details on the commercial truck accident cases handled by our firm over the years, please visit the Notable Cases section of our website.

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