A fatal accident on U.S. Highway 41 just north of Tampa reportedly occurred after a 52-year-old woman drove into the path of a garbage truck, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Law enforcement officials say the woman moved into the intersection of U.S. 41 and Horton Road when the truck hit the vehicle on the passenger’s side. The woman died at the scene, while one of her passengers suffered serious injuries.
The severity of trucking accidents
The average garbage truck weighs about 64,000 pounds — about 20 times heavier than the typical passenger vehicle. Because of this, accidents involving large trucks tend to be very serious in nature, often resulting in major property damage and severe injuries for those involved.
Another factor in these crashes is that fact that most trucks have much greater breaking capacity, making it more difficult for truck drivers to slow down or stop to avoid accidents. Thus, they tend to strike other vehicles at high speeds and with substantial force. Additionally, large trucks can be very top-heavy and may roll over more easily than other types of vehicles.
To that end, drivers must be aware of large trucks on Florida’s roads and highways and take into account the factors that could lead to crashes. Motorists should avoid pulling out in front of trucks and stay out of their blind spots whenever possible.
The aftermath of a truck accident can be devastating. For the sound legal guidance you need after a serious crash, consult a dedicated Bradenton truck accident lawyer at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh.