Tractor Trailer Driver Fails to See Vehicle in His Path

March 12, 2012

Two people are dead after the driver of an eighteen-wheeler failed to see their vehicle in the middle of the road and crashed with it. The victims have been identified as Julian de Los Angeles, 22, of Maitland and Alison Goldberg, 24 of Davie.

The accident occurred at about 2:30 a.m. and the driver of the tractor-trailer, Israel Rivera, reportedly told investigators that he did not see the victims' Volkswagen. According to police, the Volkswagen had rear-ended another vehicle minutes earlier and had ended up in the middle of the southbound lanes as a result of that initial collision, where it was struck by the tractor-trailer. The driver of the vehicle initially struck by the Volkswagen was seriously injured and had to be transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center.

Even thou the initial investigation continues, I cannot help but wonder for how many hours had Mr. Rivera been driving prior to the accident that day and whether driver fatigue had anything to do with the crash. Why didn't the driver of the tractor-trailer see the car in the roadway? Maybe the accident happened because the truck driver was tired and not paying close attention to the road. After all, driver fatigue is the leading cause of crashes involving eighteen-wheelers.

Throughout our many years of practice we have handled many cases in which we have found that the desire to make money creates circumstances where drivers drive for longer hours than they should and are legally allowed, resulting in crashes that would have not happened otherwise.

Larger Commercial Truck May Have Contributed To Victims' Wrongful Death

The desire to make money combines with an increase in length and gross weight of eighteen-wheelers to make these trucks harder to drive and control. Please note that while the combined length of an eighteen-wheeler in the 1960's was about 40 feet, today it can be 57 to 59 feet long. The longer and heavier a truck, the more distance it takes for a driver fully applying the brakes to safely bring the big rig to a complete stop. These longer and heavier trucks make it harder to safely handle an emergency and avoid a crash.

Greenberg, Stone & Urbano Can Help

If a loved one has died as a result of an accident with a truck, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling this kind of cases. With 67 years of combined experience handling car accidents and tractor-trailer accident cases that have resulted in wrongful death, the attorneys of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. can help.

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