An accident with an 18-wheeler in Coral Springs has claimed the life of a man from Fort Lauderdale.
According to CBS Miami, the accident happened last week on State Road 7, north of Sample Road. The 64-year-old trucker was driving his Walmart big-rig when he said he felt like he hit a bump in the road and said he felt his load shift.
It’s wasn’t his load shifting though. He got to Walmart and saw some significant damage on the back of his truck. When he returned to the scene, he found police officers handling a fatal traffic accident. Officers say that they believe that a Lexus passenger vehicle slammed into the back of the truck, flew through some traffic signs and wound up in some trees on the side of the road. Officers also speculate that the passenger vehicle slid up under the truck because the top of it had been completely ripped off. The 29-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Our Broward trucking accident attorneysunderstand that the risks for traffic accidents, especially with tractor-trailers, increase through the holidays. We’d like to use this story as a reminder for drivers of all kinds to stay safe as we head into the holidays and the busy travel season.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were close to 3,700 people who were killed in traffic accidents that involved a large truck in 2010. Another 275,000 people were injured in these incidents, too.
We talk about the increase in these risks with the holiday season, well the risks are increasing with each passing year. The number of these accidents increased close to 10 percent from 2009 to 2010.
In 2010, there were close to 3,500 vehicles involved in fatal accidents in the state of Florida. Of these vehicles, close to 200 of them were large trucks. Only California and Texas saw more of these accidents.
“Safety on Florida’s roadways is a cooperative effort by cars and trucks alike,” said Mary Lou Rajchel with the Florida Trucking Association.
We’re asking drivers of all kinds to stay safe out there — especially when driving near large vehicles. These large trucks carry so much more weight and power than our passenger vehicles. We’re asking you to make sure you keep your distance from them. Never travel in their blind spots, follow too closely or cut in front of them. Your best bet is to just steer clear.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an accident in Fort Lauderdale, the Broward personal injury lawyers at Freeman & Mallard are here to help you to fight for the compensation that you deserve. Call today for a free and confidential review of your rights. Call 1-800-561-7777.
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