A couple of days ago, a fatal truck accident occurred on Interstate 10 in Jackson County, Florida. The wreck claimed the lives of two people, a 79-year-old man and a 74-year-old woman. It sounds like the two people that were killed were driving a car and they attempted to merge onto the interstate. As they did this, the driver lost control and collided with the front end of the truck. The vehicles were conjoined and eventually came to a stop along the shoulder. The two people in the car were declared dead at the scene.
Police are still investigating the crash, but this looks like a true “accident.” It does not appear, at least initially, that the truck did anything wrong in this particular case.
However, this story still brings up two important elements about truck accidents. The first is that they are very powerful vehicles that can cause serious or fatal injuries to victims. Even seemingly-minor accidents can often have catastrophic results when a truck is involved.
The other factor here is that even though it doesn’t appear that the truck driver is at fault in this particular case, there are plenty of examples where the truck driver is at fault. Truck drivers work long hours and are, unfortunately, imperfect. They can make mistakes, and when they do, the multi-ton vehicle they are driving becomes a weapon. These incidents can’t be ignored, and the victims, or their loved ones, should consider legal action if negligence was involved.
Source: WKRG, “Two Killed In I-10 Accident After Colliding With Dump Truck,” Dec. 6, 2017