Two crashes involving a total of eight passenger vehicles and two semi trucks occurred around 9:30 a.m. on July 13 on the northbound I-95 in Riviera Beach, Florida. The first accident involved four passenger vehicles and a tractor-trailer. Officials on the scene said that the wreck was likely caused by heavy rain.
An 18-year-old boy was seriously injured in the second crash that occurred between his Toyota Camry and a semi truck. News Channel 5 reported that the roof of the young man’s car had such extensive damage that it was unclear whether he slammed against a wall, rolled over or was crushed by the semi. Trauma Hawk picked up the boy and took him to St. Mary’s Medical Center for treatment. There were allegedly five other victims, but their injuries have not been reported at this time.
Comments from The Trucking Attorneys
Professional truck drivers are trained to safely operate their vehicles in almost any circumstance. They are also trained to recognize when weather is too dangerous for travel.
Truck drivers are usually paid by the mile, and are, thus, encouraged to travel as far as they can as quickly as possible. For this reason, some truckers do not pull over or stop driving when weather conditions suggest that they should. In this case, heavy rain should have been a good indication that the truck driver should have pulled to the side of the road. Luckily no one was fatally wounded in these accidents, but they could have been, due to the negligence of this truck driver.
What Do You Think?
Have you seen tractor-trailers being operated in hazardous weather conditions? Do you take precautions when traveling in bad weather with larger vehicles such as semi trucks?
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