A trucker is dead after an early morning accident on I-95 in northern Flagler County, two miles south of the St. Johns County line in North Florida.
The accident happened after the driver of a tractor-trailer rig was trying to pull back onto I-95 from the emergency lane where he was stopped to check for a problem. Heading south, he was struck from behind by another semi pulling onto the highway. The Florida Highway Patrol says the second truck was pulling onto the highway and the first vehicle just pulled in front of him.
Damage to the first rig was estimated at $100,000. The driver who died was wearing a seat belt. No tickets have been issued in the accident.
While this accident involved two big rigs, which is somewhat unusual, generally truck crashes collide with drivers of smaller vehicles. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, there were 269 fatal Florida truck accidents in 2008 and more than 4,000 fatal U.S. truck crashes. The majority – 74 percent of fatalities – involved people who were riding in other vehicles that collided with a big rig. Truck drivers and trucking companies can be held liable when they violate regulations such as hours of service, maintenance, keeping accurate log books and mandated inspections.
Be certain of at least one thing – the trucking company’s insurance provider will do everything humanly possible to deny any liability, and delay in dealing with your accident claim.
The attorney for the trucking company will do everything humanly possible to apply state statutes as well as the rules of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration into the equation to minimize what you might be able to collect. Never try to deal with these entities without a Jacksonville truck accident attorney experienced in dealing with claims involving big rigs.