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GAINESVILLE, FL – The Florida Highway Patrol said two trucks were involved in a fatal collision on Interstate 75 early Wednesday morning.

The accident happened on I-75 in Gainesville, according to a report by WOFL.

The FHP said a blue tractor-trailer crashed into the back of a tan tractor-trailer that was traveling slowly on the interstate at about 2:30 a.m.  The driver of the first truck, a 55-year-old man, was killed in the wreck.  His passenger, a 10-year-old girl, sustained minor injuries and was transported to an area hospital.  The other driver was not injured.

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MARION COUNTY, FL – An accident involving a semitractor-trailer caused massive traffic delays on Interstate 75 in Marion County Tuesday morning, the Bradenton Herald reports.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a Freightliner 18-wheeler with an oversized load struck an overpass on I-75 north at Southwest 66th Street/Williams Road near Ocala at about 9:19 a.m.

The driver, a 50-year-old man from Lakeland, was not injured.   The overpass and the northbound lanes of I-75 were shut down and traffic was backed up for miles in both directions.

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ALACHUA COUNTY, FL – The Florida Highway Patrol said a truck driver died following an accident in Alachua County on Tuesday morning.

According to WGFL, the driver of a Volvo semi-truck pulling a flatbed trailer was headed south on Interstate 75 when he traveled onto the right shoulder near the Archer Road exit at about 7:50 a.m. The truck hit a guard rail, went down an inclined shoulder of the roadway, and crashed into several trees.

The driver, a 55-year-old man from Lake City, was pronounced dead at the scene.  No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

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Distracted driving is defined as any behavior that can cause a driver to lose their focus on the task of operating their vehicle safely. When this happens, other drivers, passengers, and innocent bystanders are all placed in very real danger. While truck drivers are paid a living to drive, they are not immune to the effects that distractions can have on driving capabilities.

A distracted truck driver is a recipe for disaster as the size and weight of a semi or box truck can create major damage if an accident occurs.

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Below we have outlined the top 3 distracting tasks common for truck drivers:

  1. Top-3-Most-Common-Distractions-for-Truck-Drivers-200x300Texting while driving. This is dangerous in any vehicle, but in a tractor-trailer that weighs 10,000 + pounds, an accident that results can be catastrophic. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that all drivers who send and receive text messages while behind the wheel take their eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds out of every 6 seconds. When traveling at 55 mph, this translates to a motorist driving more than 100 yards without looking at the road. Fortunately, federal law bans truck drivers from texting while driving a commercial vehicle weighing more than 10,000 pounds. A truck driver found to be in violation of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s DOT 14-10 can result in their disqualification as well as civil and/or criminal penalties of up to $2,750 for individual drivers and up to $11,000 for trucking companies that require or permit their drivers to text and drive. Keep in mind, while texting and driving is prohibited amongst truck drivers, this does not mean driver will not engage in this dangerous activity.
  1. Eating while driving. Truck drivers have a lot of deadlines placed on them – their job is to get their loads to their drop off points swiftly. They are on tight schedules that can prevent them from taking very necessary and important breaks, so they may feel forced to eat a meal while they are also driving. As we all know, driving requires 100% of our focus, and you cannot divide your attention between two different things.
  2. Setting up and adjusting podcasts, playlists, and other entertainment methods. Truck drivers communicate with each other through radios, but using this equipment while driving can place focus elsewhere, leading to a crash. Moreover, truck drivers are on the road for lengthy periods of time, so it not uncommon for them to become distracted by adjusting radio dials, audio books, podcasts, and other entertainment methods or even navigation systems.

If you have been injured in a truck accident that was caused by a truck driver who was partaking in risky activities, like texting or talking on a cell phone, eating or drinking, or adjusting their radio or playlists, then you need to call our Florida Truck Accident Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton for a free initial consultation – 866-608-5529. We have decades of experience handling truck accident cases and will provide you with the aggressive legal representation you need to recover the full and fair compensation you are entitled to. Continue reading

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DADE CITY, FL – An elderly woman died when her sedan was involved in an accident in Dade City Saturday evening.

The accident happened at the intersection of US-301 and Payne Road at about 6:30 p.m., according to WTSP.

The Florida Highway Patrol said an 80-year-old woman was driving a sedan when her vehicle hit a tractor-trailer.  The FHP did not release details on the circumstances that led to the collision.

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CLERMONT, FL – The driver of a pickup truck died after his vehicle was involved in a collision in Lake County Monday morning, reports WKMG.

The Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene on Hammock Ridge Road near Foxchase Drive in Clermont after the accident happened at about 9:20 a.m.

Investigators say the driver of a Dodge Ram pickup was headed east on Hammock Ridge Road when he tried to change to the inside lane.  His vehicle collided with a Mack truck that was stationary in the outside lane with its hazard lights on.  Traffic warning markers had been placed on the street.

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MARION COUNTY, FL – A train and a semi-truck were involved in a collision in Marion County Wednesday morning, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

According to WGFL, the accident happened along the railroad tracks near County Road 318 and NE 24th Avenue at about 10:45 a.m.  The FHP responded to the scene along with Marion County Fire Rescue crews, and found that the driver of the semi-truck had sustained minor injuries while the truck had some front-end damage.  No other injuries were reported.

The incident shut down the eastbound lane of County Road 318 for nearly three hours before reopening at about 2 p.m.  There was no immediate word on what led to the crash.

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BUSHNELL, FL – Two truck drivers were injured when their vehicles collided in Sumter County Friday morning, according to WKMG.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the two semi-trucks were both going south on Interstate 75 in Bushnell when the incident occurred at about 8:48 a.m.

As one truck moved from the center lane to the outside lane near mile marker 313, it hit the back of the trailer being towed by the other truck.

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OCALA, FL – Two people were hospitalized Saturday when a semi truck hauling a tank of water overturned and struck a passenger vehicle in northeast Ocala, ClickOrlando reports.

Emergency responders were called to the 2400 block of NE 14th Street at about 3:25 a.m. that morning. They extricated the passenger vehicle’s driver from the wreckage and transported that individual and the truck’s driver to an area hospital. The extent of their injuries remains unknown at this time.

The water the truck had been transporting was safe to drink and consequently was not considered an environmental hazard.

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PALM HARBOR, FL – A 23-year-old man lost his life after a crash on US-19 northbound in Palm Harbor Tuesday morning.

According to FOX13, the crash happened around 5:20 a.m. in the northbound lanes of the highway near Curlew Road.

The 23-year-old man from Holiday was traveling in a Nissan sedan behind the tractor-trailer. For “unknown reasons” the man crashed into the rear of the truck.

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