Towards the end of last month, a fatal accident in Pembroke Pines took the lives of two people and injured several others when a semi-truck pulled out in front of a Mitsubishi, causing a chain-reaction accident. According to one local news source, the accident occurred a bit before midnight in the southbound lanes of Interstate 75.
Evidently, a semi-truck loaded with a concrete barrier was pulling out of a construction site and onto the highway when it was hit by the Mitsubishi. The Mitsubishi slid under the truck, ripping off the roof of the car. After the initial collision, a BMW crashed into the back of the disabled semi-truck, causing part of the truck’s load to come free. As the barrier slid off the truck, it landed on top of the BMW.
Another semi-truck was the fourth vehicle to become involved in the accident, when it was unable to stop in time to avoid colliding with the concrete barrier that had fallen from the truck.
Both the driver of the Mitsubishi and the driver of the BMW were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The passenger in the Mitsubishi miraculously survived the accident and is recovering from her injuries. Both drivers of the semi-trucks were not seriously injured in the accident.
Florida Highway Patrol is currently looking into the collision, hoping to learn more about what may have caused this fatal auto accident.
Ensuring Cargo is Safely Secured
Among the many duties of a truck driver is the responsibility to ensure that whatever load is being hauled is safely secured to the back of the truck. While this may seem obvious, there are dozens of serious and fatal truck accidents caused by a driver’s failure to exercise due care when securing the load. This type of conduct may constitute negligence in a civil case for damages caused by the spilled load.
An improperly secured load can be dangerous for several reasons other than it coming loose and ending up on the highway. For example, an improperly secured load may shift during travel, creating a steering hazard for the truck driver. Similarly, if a truck is loaded too top-heavy, the slightest bump can result in the truck overturning. If you have been involved in a serious Florida truck accident, contact an attorney today.
Are You Seeking a Skilled Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in any kind of Florida truck accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation based on the other driver’s negligence. To learn more about truck-accident cases in Florida, and to speak with a skilled advocate knowledgeable in the area of personal injury law, call 1-800-753-5529 to set up a free consultation. Calling is free, and there is no commitment. We will not send you a bill unless we can recover for you in your case.
See More Blog Posts:
Miami Lakes Car Accident Claims Three Lives Earlier this Month, Cecere Santana Castrillon Injury Lawyers Blog, published April 26, 2015.
Martin County Football Coach Killed in Early-Morning Accident, Cecere Santana Castrillon Injury Lawyers Blog, published May 28, 2015.