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Earlier last week, a fatal accident on Buckman Bridge in Jacksonville claimed the lives of four individuals and seriously injured three others. According to one local news report, the accident occurred on a Monday afternoon around two o’clock.

Evidently, an SUV was coming to a stop on the bridge when it was struck from behind by a semi-truck. The SUV caught fire soon after the initial collision. Tragically, all four people inside the SUV—including two adults and two minors—were pronounced dead at the scene.

A third vehicle was also involved in the accident. Thankfully, all occupants of that vehicle were able to make it out with non-life-threatening, although still serious, injuries. The driver of the semi-truck was also injured as a result of the accident.

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Recently, a beloved school security guard was killed after colliding with a tractor-trailer while she was on her way to work. A local Florida news report explained that the woman was driving west on Northwest 79 when she attempted to make a left turn onto Northwest 22nd Avenue. A tractor-trailer, which had the right of way at the time, was traveling east on 79th.

It appears the tractor trailer saw the woman but was unable to stop the truck in time. As the truck driver was trying to avoid the accident, he lost control and slammed into a series of palm trees, ending only when he rammed into the woman’s car.  Unfortunately, the woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the crime. An investigation by the state police is still ongoing at this time.

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Earlier this week in St. John’s County, a three-truck accident seriously injured one man and closed one lane of the highway for several hours. According to a report by one local news agency, the accident took place just north of Florida 16 at around eight in the morning.

Evidently, one semi-truck rear-ended another truck, causing both trucks to come to a stop in the middle of the lane. A few moments later, a third truck approached. Failing to see the wreck in front of him until it was too late, the driver slammed into the two disabled trucks, adding a third truck to the pile-up. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the third truck driver did attempt to avoid colliding with the two other trucks. However, the effort was made too late, and a collision could not be avoided. It was dark at the time of the accident.

One of the drivers was taken to UF Health Jacksonville with serious injuries. The other two drivers reported no injuries. Authorities are still conducting an investigation into what could have caused the accident between the two initial trucks. So far, no one has been cited for their role in the three-truck pile-up.

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A large settlement has been reached for a trucker who was involved in an accident approximately three years ago. According to a local Florida newspaper article, the accident occurred in a parking lot of a well-known ice cream establishment in 2011. Apparently, a truck driver slammed into the back of another truck that was parked in the lot. The truck that was struck was holding the driver  who was sleeping in the back of his truck. Unfortunately, the resting driver was thrown from his bunk and experienced severe injuries to his leg and back. These injuries resulted in the need for surgery.

The injured truck driver hired an attorney to sue the truck driver who hit him and the truck driver’s employer. The injured driver claimed that the driver and company did not follow appropriate safety standards when the trucker struck the resting truck. Instead of going to trial, the parties were able to reach a settlement of $750,000.

Reaching Settlements in Personal Injury Cases in Florida

After a serious vehicle accident, many people believe that the only way to recover anything for their injuries and other damages is through a lengthy trial. However, many cases do not ever reach that stage for multiple reasons. One reason is that there is not enough merit to the case, or the elements of negligence cannot be established. Another reason is because the parties are able to reach a settlement before heading to trial.

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A 27-year-old man died late last week in a car accident on I-95. According to one news report, a truck driver was driving down I-95 when a wheel from his truck came loose. The wheel then bounced over the highway median and crashed into the windshield of the victim’s car.

The ensuing damage from the wheel, compounded with the shattered glass, caused massive damage. The victim was taken to a hospital in St. Augustine, Florida, where he was unfortunately pronounced dead. There was a passenger in the victim’s car, but he only suffered minor injuries. Additionally, debris from the car hit another driver, but that driver and the driver of the truck were not injured.

At this point, the car accident is still being investigated by Florida Highway Patrol.

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Late last week, a local news station reported that a Tampa truck driver ran over and killed a two-year-old boy who ran into the street. Apparently, the truck driver works for the city, and was visiting relatives in the city truck when the accident occurred.

The truck driver had been reprimanded before for using a city truck to make personal visits to friends and family members. In the present situation, the truck driver, who generally works nights, was leaving an apartment complex of a family member when the accident occurred. The local news report explained that the toddler was being cared for by a family member when he somehow ran into the street.

The report indicates the truck driver was driving slowly, however, he still did not see the child.  He immediately stopped and attempted to assist the toddler. The apartment complex security officer attempted to perform CPR.  The toddler was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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Earlier this month in Winter Garden, Florida, a semi-truck driver and his passenger were both killed when the driver of that truck rear ended another semi-truck as it was pulling onto the highway. According to a report by a local news source, a semi-truck carrying recyclable materials was traveling north on the Florida Turnpike near mile marker 271 when the driver pulled the truck off the road to check the tires.

As the driver pulled back onto the highway and was getting up to speed, he was rear ended by another refrigerated semi-truck carrying flowers. Evidently, the first semi-truck was traveling at about 40-45 miles per hour when the two trucks collided.

Troopers that responded to the accident claimed that it was one of the worst semi-truck accidents they have ever seen. The impact from the crash killed both the driver of the refrigerated semi-truck and his passenger. It is unclear why the second truck did not change lanes to avoid the slower semi-truck, or why the second truck didn’t just slow down. Police have initiated an investigation into how the accident occurred, and have not yet cited the surviving truck driver.

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After an accident out of Rockledge, over 30,000 pounds of Red Bull energy drink spilled onto the road. According to a report by a local news source, the accident occurred late on a Monday night, when a semi-truck carrying thousands of pounds of Red Bull crashed into a disabled semi-truck parked on the side of the road. The accident occurred on Interstate 95.

Evidently, the disabled truck had pulled completely off the roadway and the truck carrying the Red Bull did not get over far enough to avoid a collision. Although the driver swerved at the last minute in an attempt to avoid the collision, his efforts were futile. As the trucks collided, the trailer of the truck carrying the Red Bull ripped open, spilling the energy drink all over the highway.

The driver of the semi-truck carrying the Red Bull was cited for failing to maintain a single lane of travel. The other truck driver, as far as we know, has not been cited. It seems that the other truck was completely off the side of the road at the time of the accident. If so, the driver is not likely to be found at fault for the accident.

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