One killed, several injured in accident involving semi

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a man in a 1997 GMC van was driving southbound on I-95 in the outside lane by mile marker 195. The driver saw a semi entering the highway at Fiske Boulevard to go southbound and noticed that the truck driver was about to hit his vehicle. The driver of the van had crossed the safety zone after he traveled the entrance ramp, and pulled into the outside lane in front of the semi. The truck hit the van from behind, causing it to overturn before it came to rest on the west shoulder.

The driver of the van, an Orlando resident, and a passenger were taken to Wuesthoff Hospital in Rockledge, where they were treated for minor injuries. Another passenger was airlifted to another hospital after sustaining serious injuries. The fourth passenger, a citizen of Costa Rica, was killed.

The driver of the semi, who hails from West Melbourne, Florida, said that the truck accident was inevitable and there was no way that he could avoid hitting the van from behind.

Accidents involving trucks can cause injuries that may be more catastrophic than a passenger car accident. In addition, size is only one variable involved in trucking accidents. Other situations, such as driver fatigue, improper loading and speeding may play a significant role in the cause and consequences of any trucking accident. An attorney who is skilled in handling personal injury caused by trucking accidents may be able to advise injured parties regarding the best steps to take in order to attempt to obtain the best possible outcomes resulting from their cases.

Source: Space Coast Daily, “Fatal Accident on I-95 in Rockledge“, Space Coast Daily, August 07, 2013

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