Early September 11th, 2012 a 54 year old died when his car ran into the back of a disabled tractor-trailer in an eastbound lane of Interstate 10 in Jacksonville near Yellow Water Road. The Highway Patrol said the truck was having mechanical problems and was slowing down to stop or had stopped in the outside lane when the impacted occurred. At this time, FHP is still investigating the accident and charges are pending.
Read more at Jacksonville.com: I-10 Crash Kills 1 in Jacksonville
Trucking Laws & Reglations in Place for Driver Safety
Florida laws and Federal regulations governing the operation of commercial motor vehicles are in place to protect drivers on our roadways. According to 49 C.F.R. § 392.22, when a commercial motor vehicle stops on a highway or shoulder, the driver must active hazard warning signal flashers, and within ten minutes must place either flares or bidirectional reflective triangles. If the vehicle is stopped within 500 feet of a curve, hillcrest or other view obstruction, warning devices must be places so as to provide ample warning. It is unclear at this time whether or not the tractor-trailer had the appropriate warning devices in place to provide notice to the victim that the truck was slowing or had stopped due to mechanical problems.
Have You Been Injured in a Trucking Accident?
According to the Federal Motor carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in 2006, 4,995 individuals died and 106,000 people were injured in crashes that involved a large truck. Even though large trucks are only responsible for 3% of injury-causing motor vehicle accidents, trucking accidents typically cause much greater harm than ordinary traffic accidents due to the large size and heavy weight of most trucks. If you have been injured in a trucking accident, contact the attorneys at Edwards & Ragatz, P.A. Our attorneys have the skills, experience and resources to effectively advocate on your behalf. We are dedicated to representing the rights of individuals and families who have been injured in truck, semi, or tractor-trailer accident anywhere in Florida or Georgia. Call us at 904-399-1609 or fill out the contact us form to schedule your free consultation.