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Deadly Tractor Trailer Crash in I-4

According to, a woman is dead as a result of her car being crashed into by a tractor-trailer on I-4.

Rear-Ended By A Tractor Trailer

The victim, identified as 63-year-old Marva Jean Daniels of Orlando, was killed when her Ford Focus was hit from behind by a semi-truck. The truck driver was identified as 35-year-old Michael Casey Cross of Lakeland.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the eighteen-wheeler had just merged onto the westbound lanes of I-4 and was positioned behind Daniels’ Ford Focus. As Cross attempted to move into the left lane, Daniels slowed down considerably and Cross was not able to stop in time before rear-ending her car. As both vehicles came to a stop on the paved shoulder of I-4, the Ford Focus burst into flames. Unfortunately, Ms. Daniels died at the scene.

Truck Driver Improperly Trained?

The police report does not specify how much experience Cross has as a commercial truck driver. According to State troopers, the driver of the eighteen-wheeler did not have time to stop his rig when he realized that Ms. Daniels’ car had slowed down.

As stated before, the Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating the accident. However, given our many years of experience handling cases involving accidents with tractor-trailers, we cannot help but wonder whether this truck driver was adequately trained. Time and again we have seen how trucking companies rush their drivers’ training with disastrous consequences. If Mr. Cross was not properly trained, he may not have realized that given the size and weight of his rig, he had to exercise extra care while trying to get on the expressway.

Truck Adequately Maintained?

Moreover, we have seen trucking companies neglect to give adequate maintenance to their fleet, usually just to save a few dollars. Mr. Cross’ failure to stop his truck in time could have been because the brakes on his truck were worn out. Lack of adequate maintenance coupled with inexperience is a deadly combination.

Truck Overloaded?

Similarly, all too often greed prompts trucking companies to overload their trucks in order to make their operation more profitable. An overloaded truck with worn out brakes in the hands of an inexperienced driver is an even deadlier combination. Please note that given the weight and size of these large commercial trucks, they require longer distances to stop completely from the moment the driver applies the brakes. Under any one of these scenarios the trucking company may face liability.

We Can Help

All of the preceding reasons could have been contributing factors to the causes of this accident. Obviously, the investigators have to determine the real causes. Yet, their investigation is about whether criminal charges should be filed against someone and not about whether someone is liable in civil court. It is important for you to understand that although the results of the police investigation may be used as evidence in civil liability cases, as an injured victim you should have someone investigating and collecting all available evidence to help you recover any compensation that may be owed you by the trucking company or its insurance company. These trucking companies and their insurers have trained their truckers to immediately call in any accident they may have. It is not uncommon for them to have rapid response teams that are immediately sent to the scene of the accident to start collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses while the events are still fresh in their minds. Shouldn’t you have someone working as hard and efficiently for you?

If you have been injured in an accident with a tractor-trailer or if a loved one has been injured in an accident with a commercial truck, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling these cases. With more than 70 years of combined professional experience handling truck accident cases, the lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano have seen how trucking companies overload their trucks, load them incorrectly and/or force their truckers to drive longer hours-all in the name of profit. For more details on the trucking and wrongful death cases handled by our firm over the years, please visit the Notable Cases section of our website.

Throughout the years, the Miami Dade County Wrongful Death Law Offices of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano have represented many clients involved in deadly motor vehicle accidents. Visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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