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Florida Truck CrashA major Jacksonville highway was shut down because of a fiery, fatal crash between a tractor-trailer and an SUV. According to an ABC News report, the fatal Jacksonville truck accident occurred on the Buckman Bridge segment of Interstate 295 south of Jacksonville. Officials say a tractor-trailer slammed into the SUV from behind resulting in the death of two adults and two children inside the smaller vehicle. Another SUV was damaged in the crash as well resulting in injuries to three of the occupants. The driver of the truck survived the crash.
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Gainesville Truck AccidentThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will be publishing a final rule that will give the feds additional authority to shut down trucking companies that have been found to show a pattern of “egregious disregard “ for federal safety rules.

The idea behind this final rule is to help the agency to “target high-risk carriers that endanger travelers by avoiding or covering up their negative history of safety compliance.”

At issue is the problem of “chameleon” trucking firms that may have been shut down due to violations, but simply start up again under a new name. These companies may pass a compliance review under their current name, but may be hiding the fact that they were previously shut down because of non-compliance with federal safety rules.

The FMSCA adopted a rule in 2012 that allowed the agency to consolidate the enforcement histories of these reincarnated carriers. The new rule will go one step further by allowing the FMCSA to authorize a complete revocation of a motor carrier’s authority to operate.

Trucking companies that violate federal safety standards, such as hours of service rules, endanger the public by allowing fatigued truck drivers to remain on our nation’s roads and highways. It is estimated that fatigued truck drivers are responsible for nearly 750 deaths and 20,000 motorist injuries each year.

The truck accident attorneys at Farah & Farah in Gainesville applaud any rule that will help keep motorists safe from dangerous truckers and trucking companies. Have you been injured in an accident caused by the negligence of an individual trucker or a trucking firm? Contact us. You may be entitled to receive financial support for medical bills, hospitalization and other damages. Farah & Farah can be contacted online or you can call us at (800) 533-3555. Find out what your legal rights are today.

Florida Wrongful DeathThe Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) has confirmed that two people died in a fiery accident after a garbage truck allegedly made a left turn in front of the KIA Sedona SUV they were traveling in.

The accident occurred at 5 a.m., and according to FHP, the garbage truck and the Kia were both traveling southbound on Phillips Highway. Reportedly, the garbage truck was in the right lane and the Kia was in the left lane.

Allegedly, the driver of the garbage truck attempted to make a left turn from the right lane and struck the left rear tires of the Kia, which then overturned, caught fire and came to rest on its roof in the center median.

FHP confirmed that two men, aged 25 and 33, died in the conflagration. The garbage truck driver was not injured.
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A two-vehicle crash in Marion County that left two men hospitalized appears to have been entirely preventable. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, an 82-year-old driver was behind the wheel of a Ford Explorer and southbound on County Road 301 on the morning of November 23. When he attempted to turn left onto County Road 318, he collided with an approaching semi tractor-trailer that did not have enough time to avoid the intersection accident.

At the time, both vehicles had a green light but not an arrow for the elderly driver to signal the left turn. The semi driver is a 41-year-old man from Jacksonville who was not hurt in the collision. However, the 82-year-old was in critical condition at a local hospital and his 70-year-old passenger had serious injuries. The passenger was wearing his seat belt, but The Florida Times-Union was not sure about the driver.

Our best wishes go out for a speedy recovery of the two people riding in the Explorer.
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Traffic on the Dames Point Bridge came to a halt for nearly two hours on Monday, April 4, after a dump truck overturned, spilling its load of dirt on the center lane, according to a report by Jacksonville’s Channel 4 News. No one was injured in the accident, which was reportedly caused by an Isuzu driver who cut in front of the truck, causing the dump truck driver to swerve to avoid hitting the car, which caused the truck to roll onto its left side. The television station reports that all three northbound lanes were blocked. The Isuzu driver was cites for improperly changing lanes.

While the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) finds that overloaded trucks, poor driver training, and equipment failure onboard a big-rig can contribute to accidents, a crash is not always the truck driver’s fault. Motorists often underestimate the trucks’ capabilities, its limited acceleration, braking, and visibility and often do not realize the distance needed by a truck to react. Motorists also often fail to realize that the large truck driver cannot see them in a blind spot. A good rule of thumb is if you cannot see the truck driver in their rear view mirror, they cannot see you either.
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The driver of a pickup truck is lucky to be alive after he drove off County Road 208 in St. Johns County early Saturday morning, October 9, and the vehicle erupted into flames, according to the St. Augustine Record. Luckily St. Johns County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Ronnie Lester was passing on the road after a long night shift.

Deputy Lester called in the incident that was burning in the woods a quarter mile from Pacetti Road. He was informed by nearby witnesses that the driver was still inside the truck. Those gathered broke the glass and the driver began to respond. By this time the flames were beginning to get out of control. Deputy Lester and another man tried to pull the driver out of the vehicle but the flames forced them back.
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You drive next to a big rig on the highway. Has anyone ever that thought they are not big enough?

Well, your consumer concerns are not even in the radar of Kraft Foods Inc., MillerCoors, or Coca-Cola, which would all like trucks to be bigger so they can carry more product around the country on fewer trips. The companies then save money on gas.

Kraft is part of 150 companies that are lobbying Congress to allow trucks 20% heavier on the nation’s roadways, according to Chicago Breaking Business. Instead of the maximum of 80,000 pounds, they could weigh up to 97,000 pounds. Mega-trucks could add two, even three trailers to allow for the heavier loads, bringing the length up to 120 feet up from the current limit on most interstates of 53 feet.
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A Tallahassee, Florida man died on January 9, 2010, when he crashed into the rear of a semi-tractor-trailer rig on I-10. The 48-year-old man was traveling on I-10 just west of SR 77 near Chipley in Washington County.

The Florida Highway Patrol says he was heading east just before noon when he hit the rear of the tractor-trailer. The driver of the truck said he was on cruise control at 68 mph when he felt a large explosion. When he looked into his rear view mirrors all he saw was dust and debris. The 48-year-old man’s vehicle was actually stuck under the trailer rig. The man was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics from Washington County.

Our condolences go out to the family of this motorist.
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Two big-rigs were involved in a fiery collision the early hours of Tuesday, January 12, 2010, shutting down the Florida Turnpike under the Boggy Creek overpass in Kissimmee, Florida. The crash caused a huge fire when it erupted around 12:30 a.m. filling up the space under the bridge as the flames shot up into the air.

The first vehicle was a Target store delivery big-rig. The driver and passenger in that truck were injured, and are hospitalized with serious injuries. Their survival was amazing considering the cab of the truck was engulfed in fire. Troopers say the fire might have actually started when the refrigeration unit that keeps food cool inside the trailer, was damaged. The food inside the Target truck was a complete loss, along with the cab of the truck.

A Good Samaritan jumped out of his vehicle and helped save the occupants of the first truck. We wish the drivers a swift recovery and are thankful that their injuries were not more serious.
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Eight people were injured Saturday afternoon, January 16, 2010, when three cars collided. The Florida Highway Patrol says a white pickup truck was traveling southbound on I-295 in Jacksonville, when it lost control. An 18-wheeler hit the truck and went into the median, spinning out of control and hitting a Cadillac that was traveling north. A van carrying eight people traveling northbound had to overcorrect to avoid hitting the collision and overturned in the median. It is reported by First Coast News that all of the injuries are non-life threatening. The injured have been taken to various hospitals.

We are very hopeful that those in the van were not seriously injured and thankful that there were no fatalities or serious injuries reported.

Big-Rigs
Large trucks, also known as tractor-trailers and semis, or eighteen-wheelers, make up only about 3% of the vehicles on the road. However, they account for far more traffic fatalities.
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