Trucking accidents can be dangerous events. The weight of the tractor plus the trailer causes terribly serious injuries, death, and massive property damage. Despite state and federal governments imposing stricter safety regulations upon trucks, crashes continue to occur. If a trucking accident caused injuries to you or someone you love, the truck crash attorneys at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano could help. They have 130 combined years of experience fighting for people injured in trucking accidents through no fault of their own.
No one need look any further for evidence of the potential devastation a tractor trailer accident can cause than to a fatal crash that occurred in the Florida Panhandle in July 2016. Five people died, and 25 suffered injuries when a bus carrying a large number of individuals crashed into a tractor-trailer truck at a busy intersection. The truck driver perished in the accident as well. One of the deceased was a child riding on the bus.
Witnesses described the horrible events. The bus carried farm workers and family from Georgia into the Panhandle. Witnesses said the bus driver ran a flashing red light and failed to yield to the tractor-trailer truck traveling through the intersection. The tractor-trailer truck had the right of way. The bus slammed into the tractor-trailer, causing both vehicles to spin out of control. The vehicles crashed into each other again. At that point, they burst into flames.
Firefighters and sheriff’s deputies described a chaotic and tragic scene upon their arrival. Deputies were the first to arrive. They ran onto the engulfed bus, desperately trying to pull victims to safety. Deputies worked until the flames overwhelmed them, forcing their retreat. Before retreating, deputies removed two people who died in addition to many more individuals who were riding on the bus. The way the vehicles came to rest presented a huge problem for first responders. The truck and bus came to rest on a telephone pole charged with live electrical wires. Firefighters could not extinguish the flames until the electric company shut the power off to the pole. By then, the fires extinguished themselves. Amazingly, the bus driver survived the crash but suffered serious injuries. A passenger in the tractor-trailer escaped the accident uninjured.
A few days before that deadly crash on the Panhandle, a tractor-trailer driver died in a crash in Okeechobee. ABC News reported that the driver of the tractor lost control of his rig. The truck went off of the road and burst into flames. Police and firefighters on scene indicated to reporters that the tractor-trailer driver died instantly.
Florida experienced a rather newsworthy event when a man riding in a self-driving Tesla died in an accident with a tractor-trailer. Reports indicated that the tractor turned left in front of the Tesla. The Tesla’s autopilot system did not trigger the automatic braking system. The car went under the truck. The New York Post reported that the Tesla’s sensory system could not distinguish the white trailer from the bright sky and therefore, the car failed to brake. The driver did not brake either. The trailer sheered the Tesla’s windshield off. A witness told authorities that the driver was watching a movie when he collided with the trailer. The tractor-trailer driver told police he did not see the Tesla because it was traveling too fast.
Tractor-Trailers Can Be Extremely Dangerous
As the three stories above illustrate, sharing the roads with tractor-trailers is dangerous. Drivers must be ever mindful of the dangers trailers present. If you or someone you love suffered injuries or death in a Florida trucking accident, contract Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano today at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 Make an appointment with the law firm the Miami Herald calls tops in Miami. Call today for your free consultation with the firm giving the distinguished AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell.