Tractor-trailer drivers have a duty to ensure the loads they carry are secure. That includes making sure that the trailer is securely hooked to the truck. A recent accident near South Bay shows what can happen when a trailer comes off unexpectedly on a highway.
The accident occurred along U.S. 27. A semi-truck that had recently left the Okeelanta Sugar Mill lost its trailer. A spokesman for the Florida Highway patrol says that they don’t know how long it was after the trailer detached that the driver realized it was missing. When he did realize it, he returned to the scene of the accident.
That scene is said to have been a bad one. The accident claimed four lives and injured two other people. It was foggy at the time of the accident, so the driver of a car didn’t see the trailer until it was too late to stop. She slammed into the trailer. A pickup truck also hit the trailer. After that, another semi-truck slammed into the car. That pushed the car into a swampy area. First responders had to cut the vehicles open to free the people in the heavily damaged vehicles.
The woman driving the car and three of her passengers were killed. One passenger survived and is said to be in serious condition at a hospital. The driver of the semi-truck that struck the car also suffered minor injuries. The pickup truck driver wasn’t injured.
An investigation to determine the reason for the trailer detachment is ongoing. No matter what that investigation shows, the fact remains that four people are now deceased because of the accident.
Semi-truck accidents can result in serious injuries and death. For the victims and family members of the victims, seeking compensation for the damages might help to minimize the financial destruction of the accident.
Source: Sun Sentinel, “Four dead, two hurt after trailer detaches on U.S. 27 in Palm Beach County,” Adam Secasa, March. 18, 2015