Truck accident claims life of Florida tractor driver

A truck accident claimed the life of a Florida tractor driver as he was traveling on U.S. 27. The tractor was towing a piece of equipment and was in the right lane at the time of the truck accident. The semitrailer was approaching the tractor from behind and was unable to slow down to an appropriate speed to avoid an impact. Consequently, the semitrailer hit the spray trailer that the tractor was pulling.

The tractor driver died at the scene of the accident from what was determined to be blunt force injuries. The force of the accident impact turned over the tractor and even busted the glass in the driver compartment. The speed at which the semitrailer was traveling was not indicated, but it is known that the driver had difficultly stopping after the accident. The truck driver did sustain some injuries and received treatment at a local Florida hospital.

A fatal accident is tragic, especially when it is one that could have been prevented. It could be inferred that speed and perhaps a lack of vigilance contributed to the untimely death of the tractor driver. One witness stated that the tractor was driving with flashing lights and had a caution sign visibly posted, indicating that the truck driver should have seen the slow-moving vehicle in front of him.

At this time, charges have not been filed against the truck driver, but the accident is still under investigation. However, the family of the deceased may have options for pursing a civil case against the driver for damages from the truck accident. A wrongful death case is not contingent upon criminal charges, which means that the family could move ahead with this option to seek compensation for the unexpected expenses that resulted from this man’s untimely death.

Source: newssun.com, “Tractor driver dies in wreck with semi”, Phil Attinger, June 20, 2014

Tags: Florida

Florida fatal crash claims the life of 2 victims

Just one brief moment of distracted driving can change lives forever. A sip of hot coffee, a glance at an incoming text message or even a sneeze can cause a driver to take his or her eyes off the road. It is unclear what exactly caused a Florida driver on northbound I-95 to suddenly drift out of his lane of travel and onto the shoulder. Whatever the reason, it started a chain reaction of events that led to a fatal crash.

After finding himself on the east shoulder of the Interstate, the driver reportedly overcorrected, causing his pickup truck to swerve back across all northbound lanes, striking and then flipping over the guard rail. Before landing on the southbound side of the highway, the truck struck a car and another pickup truck. All three vehicles involved finally came to rest on the west shoulder.

The car driver, a woman from St. Augustine, was killed by the impact. A 17-year-old passenger in the first pickup truck was ejected from the vehicle struck the second pickup, and he died from his injuries as well. The driver believed responsible for the tragic accident and a passenger in the second pickup suffered minor injuries. All lanes of both northbound and southbound I-95 were closed for hours while authorities and rescue workers worked the scene.

No charges have as yet been filed against the driver of the truck that allegedly caused the accident. However, the families of the deceased passenger and of the woman killed in the fatal crash may choose to file a wrongful death civil suit against the man in a Florida court. No amount of money can make up for the horrible losses suffered by the families of the victims, although a monetary judgment can help defray the costs associated with end-of-life arrangements and other financial damages.

Source: The Daytona Beach News-Journal, “I-95 in Flagler reopens after fatal crashes“, Anthony DeFeo, June 1, 2014

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