A man in a wheelchair died Tuesday morning after he was hit by a box truck in Osceola County.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the crash happened at about 9:45 a.m. on U.S. 192 at the intersection of International Drive.
The 82-year-old Celebration man was travelling southbound in a motorized wheelchair on International Drive when he tried to cross U.S. 192. That’s when a box truck driven by a 35-year-old Kissimmee man struck the man in the wheelchair as the truck tried to turn right onto U.S. 192, troopers said.
The man in the wheelchair was taken to Florida Hospital Celebration Health, where he passed away.
The crash is currently under investigation.
Did you know that everyday drivers share the roads with countless 80,000-pound semi-trucks and other commercial vehicles whose drivers are working to complete their routes in the least amount of time possible? Due to time constraints, they often cut corners when it comes to safety regulations, not to mention they can become easily distracted from the primary task at hand – driving their truck safely.
The sheer force of a collision with a commercial vehicle, especially a fully loaded 18-wheeler, is far greater than the force of just your typical car wreck between passenger vehicles. The weight of a truck combined with speed and a negligent driver is truly a recipe for disaster.
Truck drivers, just like drivers of other vehicle, can be easily distracted due to:
- Texting or talking on cell phone
- GPS system or radio use
- Eating, drinking or smoking while driving
- Reading while driving
- Driver fatigue
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a truck accident, our Florida Truck Accident Injury & Death Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can make sure you understand your rights and what you are entitled to under the law. Call us today at 866-608-5529 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. We take all personal injury and wrongful death cases on a contingency fee basis.