Our Miami 18-wheeler truck accident lawyers report that a tractor trailer driver fled the scene of a multiple vehicle accident that shut down Interstate 95 in Boca Raton for four hours. The crash occurred in the afternoon hours just south of Glades Road. According to the Florida Highway Patrol report, the driver of the tractor trailer attempted to switch lanes and struck the side of a 1998 Honda Accord. The driver of the Accord lost control of the vehicle and veered across the southbound lanes. The Accord was then struck by a Ford SUV traveling in the same direction. It continued off the roadway and onto the shoulder, then traveled through a fence and crashed into a utility pole. The collision sparked a small fire and brought down some power lines. The truck driver did not remain at the scene of the accident and police are still seeking to uncover his or her identity.
Truck and Multiple Vehicle Crashes Claim the Lives of Thousands Annually
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Highway Loss Data Institute reports that commercial truck accidents kill over 4,000 people annually. About one third of all traffic accidents are multiple-vehicle accidents. All it takes to cause a pile up is one driver’s momentary distraction. This moment of distraction or other form of negligence can cause all manner of vehicles, including cars, tractor trailers, and motorcycles, to collide. With potentially thousands of pounds of metal and glass traveling at immense speeds, the possibility of serious injuries or death is high.
Some of the most common causes of multiple vehicle accidents include speeding, driver fatigue, weather, intoxicated drivers, distraction, texting, cell phones, and much more. Car and truck drivers are equally susceptible to acting in a negligent manner, but the consequences can be far more severe if a truck driver operates a massive 88,000 pound vehicle in a negligent way.
Liability in the Event of a Multiple Vehicle Crash
Determining fault in a multiple vehicle accident involving at least one tractor trailer can be complicated. Each driver has a duty to act responsibly while operating a motor vehicle. Commercial truck drivers have heightened responsibilities as they are operating large vehicles across the country. To uncover fault in a multiple vehicle accident, the police and your accident attorney will need to thoroughly investigate the crash. With careful investigations, you can discover the parties responsible for the accident and seek just compensation.
Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano: Put Our Over 130 Collective Years of Experience to Work on Your Truck Accident Case!
If you or a family member has been injured or killed in a truck accident, the Miami Truck Accident Lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano offer the assistance you need to obtain the results you desire. With over 130 collective years of experience representing truck accident victims across South Florida, our firm provides legal representation of unmatched excellence. Contact our firm as soon as possible to start on the road to protecting your legal rights. Our firm received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and was ranked as a top firm in South Florida by the Miami Herald. Put our exceptional truck accident attorneys to work on your case. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or you can visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.