When you operate a vehicle, you take certain safety precautions, and you expect others to do the same. Whether that includes using a blinker, looking both ways or simply wearing a seat belt, being a safe driver not only affects you, but helps prevent car and truck accidents and keep the roads safe for other drivers.
Drivers who choose to multitask while operating their motor vehicle put others at serious risk. Talking on a cell phone, texting or eating while driving are just a few things that can cause a driver to lose focus on the road, putting others in danger. Truck drivers have an even greater responsibility to focus on the road and drive safely. Because they operate such large vehicles, if they are involved in an accident, the damage could be catastrophic, and people could be seriously injured.
Last week, two trucks and a car collided on I-75 near Reddick. Two 19-year-olds, a man and a woman, were in the car, which was crushed by one of the semis. Firefighters had to cut both of them out of the vehicle. The two teenagers were injured in the accident. The woman was flown by helicopter to Shands at the University of Florida, and the man was taken to a nearby hospital in an ambulance.
All northbound lanes of the highway were closed for approximately an hour due to the crash. It is unclear what caused the accident.
Unfortunately, accidents like this one happen all too often. It is important for truck drivers and others to stay safe and focused while operating their vehicles. Trucking companies have a responsibility to make sure their drivers are not overworked. Distracted driving or driving on little sleep can make the roads dangerous and cause serious accidents that can result in injury or even death. If you were injured in an accident, contact our attorneys today.