3 Injured in Crash on U.S. Highway 98
Car crashes often lead to serious injuries, especially if large vehicles are involved. Semi trucks, dump trucks and other large vehicles can collide and cause occupants to suffer head trauma, back and neck injuries, amputations, scarring, disfigurement and even death.
Fortunately, nobody was killed in a recent dump truck crash in Florida. However, three people were injured, including two people who suffered serious injuries. The accident occurred on the afternoon of April 22 on U.S Highway 98 at Econfina River.
A dump truck was traveling east on U.S. Highway 98. It was behind a Ford SUV that was stopped to make a left turn. The dump truck lost control and went into the westbound lanes. It ran a person off the road and then rear-ended the SUV. The dump truck continued on, hitting a guardrail. It finally came to rest in a ditch. The impact caused the SUV to rotate and also hit the guardrail.
Both the driver and passenger in the SUV suffered serious injuries. They were taken to Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare for treatment. The driver of the dump truck suffered minor injuries and was also taken to the hospital. The dump truck driver could face criminal charges.
Understanding Dump Truck Accidents
Dump truck crashes are often serious in nature. These vehicles are very heavy—often weighing more than 6-7 tons. They also carry a variety of materials, including sand, gravel, concrete, construction materials, waste and debris. Because of this, a dump truck is not easy to control and they often cannot stop suddenly in a crash. They can cause crashes by colliding into objects and other vehicles or by dropping materials onto the roadway.
Dump trucks are more likely to be involved in an accident compared to other vehicles. This is due to several factors. One major reason is their height. They sit high off the ground, which makes them more likely to tip over. Also, small cars can easily slide underneath them. The occupants can get trapped and this often leads to fatal accidents.
The weight of a dump truck also makes it more likely to be involved in a crash. They are very heavy, and therefore difficult to maneuver and stop. When they are going at full speed, they can easily plow through objects and cause a significant amount of damage.
The visibility of the driver is also an issue. Larger vehicles like dump trucks often have a lot of blind spots, especially behind them and along the sides. This can lead to backup accidents and pedestrian crashes. This can also cause trouble when they attempt to change lanes.
Seek Help for Your Truck Accident Case
When trucks and other large vehicles are involved in a crash, serious accidents can occur. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries, get the right legal help.
The Dade City & Zephyrhills truck accident lawyers at Mander Law Group can assist you with getting the compensation you need to pay for medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and other damages. Schedule a free consultation by calling (800) 557-0411 today.