A fatal tractor trailer accident in South Florida shut down the northbound lanes of the Sawgrass Expressway for hours on Thursday, April 16. Sunrise Fire Rescue officials report that the tractor trailer rolled over and landed on top of the vehicle, crushing it at about 10:30 a.m. at the exit ramp to Pat Salermo Drive. A fire quickly ignited, preventing fire and rescue crews from reaching the occupants of the car. Sadly, the two car occupants perished in the accident.
Officials are reporting that the tractor trailer lost control. It was driving northbound when it struck the rear right hand side of the car. The tractor trailer than lost control and overturned onto the car, trapping the occupants inside as a fire ignited.
The driver of the tractor trailer was transported to Broward Health Medical Center in serious condition. His injuries were not thought to be life threatening. The tractor trailer was carrying fruits and other produce at the time of the accident. Crews had to bring in a crane to remove the wreckage. The deceased victims have yet to be identified and it took crews much of the day to clear the roadway enough to again allow traffic through.
Overturned Truck Accidents are Common and Serious
In light of the above example, large trucks are highly susceptible to rollover accidents. Their high center of gravity places trucks at risk of turning over in windy weather conditions, on curved ramps, and when turns become tight or the truck hits an obstacle, as in this recent Sawgrass Expressway accident. Studies show that when trucks rollover, truck drivers as well as the drivers of any cars nearby are at serious risk of injury.
Many trucks traveling on Florida roadways are hauling hazardous materials that can turn a rollover accident deadly. When flammable substances are spilled onto the roadway in an accident, the likelihood of an explosion is grave. Explosions stemming from overturned tractor trailers can kill not just the truck drivers but any car occupants in the surrounding area.
Truck Driver Negligence is the Leading Cause of Overturned Truck Accidents
It is imperative that all truck drivers adjust their driving due to the conditions of the road ahead. If weather conditions dictate a driver travel at below the posted speed limit, they must observe this safety precaution. At times, if it becomes too windy, it may even be necessary for truck drivers to pull off and wait to return to the road until it is safe to do so.
Unfortunately, due to delivery schedules and workplace pressures, far too many truckers rush to complete a route and end up being involved in an accident. If you are injured in such an accident, consult with a truck accident attorney as soon as possible to protect your legal rights.
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