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Semi-truck spills pumpkins over freeway

While the following truck accident story did not occur here in Tallahassee or anywhere in Florida, it is still relevant regardless of the geography involved.

A semi truck flipped over after crashing into a "device" on a ramp that it was on. The truck luckily did not crash into any other vehicles, even though it slip along the freeway for several hundred feet. The driver of the truck, a 44-year-old woman, thankfully made it out of the wreck with no injuries. Pumpkins spilled all over the road, as they spilled out of the truck following the crash.

This story brings up a number of important topics for truck accidents. The first is the truck's cargo. Pumpkins aren't particularly dangerous as cargo, but other trucks carry heavy objects, metals, and other cargo that could easily make an accident worse. The cargo of a truck is a critical piece to many truck accidents, and any post-crash litigation that may be filed.

Another factor here is the driver itself. What caused the accident? Was the driver tired or fatigued? Was she distracted? Was the driver negligent in any way? These are relevant and important questions in the wake of a truck accident.

Last but not least, we can't underestimate the damage of these crashes, even though in this particular case no injuries occurred. This truck accident took hours to clean up, closing the freeway for a time. Now imagine a serious truck accident that involves multiple vehicles and many injured people. It would certainly take more time and involve a more pressing need for an investigation.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, "Pumpkin pileup: I-75 lanes reopen after semi catches fire, dumps load in Pasco," Sept. 22, 2017

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