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Could I Be Hurt Because of a Truck Driver’s Careless Driving?

October 10, 2014
Colson Hicks Eidson

Drivers should never be careless behind the wheel. Even one moment of carelessness on their part could lead to a serious injury or fatality befalling them, a passenger or a fellow motorist.

Truck drivers should be especially vigilant about avoiding careless driving. Because of their size and power, large commercial trucks have the potential to cause greater devastation from a driver error than other vehicles do.

In late July, a multi-vehicle accident in Jacksonville, Florida involving multiple large trucks proved what could happen when a trucker is careless behind the wheel. The accident happened on Interstate 95 on the Florida 207 overpass in St. Johns County, according to The Florida Times-Union.

Leading up to the wreck, a driver had to slow down and then stop his Freightliner on the overpass when he came upon an accident scene. However, the driver of a tractor-trailer that was behind the Freightliner failed to slow down quickly enough.

The driver failed in his attempt to swerve to avoid crashing into the back of the Freightliner . Instead, because the trucker swerved, he did not only crash into the rear of the Freightliner, but he also swerved into the path of a Toyota Camry, which collided with his truck.

As a result of the wrecks, the back of the Freightliner was ripped open, spilling thousands of aluminum cans all over the road. The driver of the Camry suffered minor injuries and the southbound lanes of the overpass had to be shut down.

The Florida Highway Patrol cited the driver of tractor-trailer for reckless driving.

What Should I Do If I Suffer a Serious Injury?

As injury lawyer Julie Braman Kane explains in the video above, if you or someone you love is seriously injured in an accident, you should seek immediate medical attention, and following that, get in touch with a qualified and experienced injury attorney as soon as possible.

Did You Know: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2000, 29.7 percent of crashes were rear-end collisions.

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