According to officials from the Florida Highway Patrol, a recent accident in Ellenton involving a pair of tipped over semi-trucks was likely caused by windy weather.
The accident occurred July 6 at approximately 2:13 p.m. A witness dialed in to 911 to report the two rolled over trucks on the northbound section of Interstate 75 near mile marker 225 in Ellenton. Apparently, high winds lifted both of the 18-wheelers slightly off the road, with one flipping onto its right side in a nearby ditch and the other flipping over on the roadway itself. It did not appear that the two trucks made contact with each other at any point.
No injuries reported
Remarkably, there were no serious injuries resulting the accident. Both truck drivers were the sole occupants of their vehicles and declined any medical attention. One driver declined any comment other than to say it was a “freaky ride,” while the other blamed the crash on the wind. While the accident did back up traffic, no other vehicles were directly involved.
One of the dangers of truck driving in Florida is the occasionally unpredictable weather. High winds can broadside large rigs, pushing them around the road and even lifting them slightly off the ground. When this happens, neither driver would likely be considered liable for the accident. However, it becomes even more important during potentially bad weather for truck companies to make sure their vehicles are evenly loaded.
If you or someone close to you has been injured in a Florida truck accident, speak with an experienced Bradenton personal injury attorney at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh.