Two major trucking accidents forced road closures on the Florida Turnpike this past week. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue was called out to the scene of a Palm Beach truck accident at roughly 5 a.m., according to NBC 5. The Highway Patrol had to reroute traffic to avoid Mile Marker 111 near the crash scene.
Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers know that big rigs can pose threats to all motorists on the road.
According to CBS 12, the drivers of the 2 vehicles, ages 21 and 61, were traveling on the turnpike when the semi and the dump truck collided. Both trucks burst into flame and were reportedly completely destroyed. One driver remains in critical condition. The other was reportedly still in serious condition.
In 2008, the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that an estimated 4,200 lives were lost in accidents with large trucks and an additional 90,000 motorists were seriously injured.
Charges could be pending in the Florida Turnpike collision. Authorities are still investigating the accident.
A second accident shut down the Florida turnpike again. The accident involved three tractor trailers and one passenger vehicle, according to the Sun Sentinel.
In this collision, a UPS delivery truck suffered a broken fuel tank, a Honda Civic went flying into oncoming traffic and a third truck jackknifed. One driver had to be extricated and another taken to the St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach. There has been no release of information on the third driver, according to the Miami Herald.
If you or someone you know have been injured in an accident in West Palm Beach, Margate, Port St. Lucie or the surrounding areas, contact the Law Offices of Freeman, Mallard, Sharp & Gonzalez. Call 1-800-529-2368 for a free consultation to discuss your rights.