A tractor trailer hauling two heavy duty boat engines hit an overpass causing the engines to topple over onto a car that was stopped in the next lane.
According to miamiherald.com, the driver of the car, a late model silver Honda Accord, survived the horrific accident without injuries and was able to walk away.
Witnesses to the crash, who were on their way to a Taylor Swift Concert at the nearby American Airlines Arena, were startled by the loud sound of the engines first crashing into the overpass and then onto the Honda. While some described the sound like an explosion, others referred to it like an “earthquake.” One of the witnesses, Michael Mesa, turned to look as soon as he heard the impact of the engines against the overpass and actually saw the engines fall off the truck and land on the top of the car.
Height Limitation for Tractor-Trailers
There are no specific federal regulations limiting the height of commercial trucks. Truck drivers need to know the height of their truck and cargo, and map out a route that does not involve bridges or overpasses that are not high enough or wide enough. When a driver encounters an overpass, wires or other overhead obstruction (toll booths are an example,) it is the driver’s responsibility to stop his rig and not proceed. Overpasses usually have their height clearly marked so that drivers can see it before passing underneath. Typically there are road signs warning truckers of an upcoming low bridge situated at point where the trucker still has time to change his route or stop.
Florida Statute 316.515 (2) establishes that no truck shall exceed the height of 13 feet, 6 inches, including the load it is carrying at anytime. There is an exception in the statute for trucks carrying motor vehicles, which are allowed to reach a height of 14 feet, inclusive of the cargo.
We do not know what was the over-all height of the truck and its cargo in this particular case. The bridge that was struck should have had an overpass warning sign displayed, but, for some reason, it did not have a warning sign. Therefore, it is unclear whether any charges will be filed against the trucker.
Liability for Damages
It is important to note that while no charges may be filed against the truck driver, the trucking company and its insurance carrier may be responsible for the damages caused to the Honda Accord. Similarly, they could have been liable for any injuries that might have been suffered by the Honda’s driver. In a case such as this, as in any accident case, a driver who is injured as a result of the negligence of another should contact experienced truck accidents lawyers like those from the Law Offices of Greenberg Stone and Urbano, as soon as possible following the collision.
Our firm has handled hundreds of trucking cases, some in which the victims have suffered devastating injuries. For example, we represented a young lady who’s Honda Civic went under a large eighteen-wheeler that made an improper U-turn in front of her car. The car was left unrecognizable and the young woman had to be cut out of the car by fire rescue and airlifted to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Our client suffered a traumatic brain injury as well as other orthopedic injuries. To learn more about a few of the trucking cases we have successfully handled over the years, please go to the Notable Cases section of our website.
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 inexperience makes truckers ignore warning signs and cause accidents like the one in question. Similarly, we have seen how trucking companies fail to adequately train their drivers, also leading to accidents.
Our firm’s managing partner, Stewart G. Greenberg, has been a member of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA) for many years. Mr. Greenberg is a member of the organization’s advisory board for the State of Florida. Membership on the State Advisory Board of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America is by invitation only and is currently limited to a select group of no more than 11 lawyer citizens from each state. Mr. Greenberg’s membership in such a select group is a testament to his many years of experience and special training handling this kind of cases and knowing how to leave no stone unturned when representing his clients.
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.
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