A 53-year-old Volusia County, Florida woman died Friday after she drove into a cement truck. The Florida Highway Patrol said she allegedly stopped at a stop sign before rolling her 2011 Nissan into a cement mixer that trapped and killed her at the scene.
The cement truck was driven by a 38-year-old Daytona Beach man. Troopers said that they do not expect to file charges against the man.
An investigation will ensue to determine why the woman barreled into traffic before the intersection was clear.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2010 more than 10 percent of all traffic accidents involved commercial vehicles and accounted for an estimated 4 percent of automobile accidents with injuries. In 2008, 4,545 people suffered fatalities with large commercial trucks and buses. Last year, large commercial trucks and buses took the lives of 3, 619 people and injured another 93,000.
Big-rigs, tractor-trailers, semis and any other large truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Once a large truck collides with a smaller vehicle that is not engineered to withstand an impact that large, the result is usually tragic. If the collision does not result in death, the injuries sustained are usually quite catastrophic leaving the victim with crushed limbs, traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, ruptured internal organs and variety of other injuries.
If you or someone you care for has been hurt or killed in a fatal accident involving a truck in Florida, contact the Florida Fatal Accident Attorneys at the Law Offices of Whittel & Melton, LLC online or call 1-866-608-5LAW (5529).