ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA — On Friday, December 30, 2011, two women were killed and a man and infant injured when a tractor-trailer driven by Michael J. Phillips crossed the centerline. The two women were driving east on State Road 64 in Hardee County when Mr. Phillips traveled outside of his lane. Mr. Phillips struck the Toyota Corolla head-on, killing both women instantly. A third vehicle carrying a man and infant was driving behind the Corolla and swerved to avoid the wreck, overturning. Both occupants of the second vehicle received injuries.
Comments from Our Trucking Attorneys
Truck drivers have a duty to maintain their lane of travel. Truckers should be trained on proper procedures so they can make sure a tractor-trailer does not drift or sway across the centerline. Because of the size of a tractor-trailer, the truck driver must take precautions to stay focused on the roadway and to keep the vehicle from starting to move left or right. It is always the truck driver’s fault if he fails to keep his vehicle in his lane of travel. We have handled numerous collisions involving tractor-trailers that crossed the centerline. You can view our case results here.