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Truck Under-Ride Accident Study Highlights Importance Of Crashworthiness

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Motor vehicle accidents

Truck Under-Ride Accident Study Highlights Importance Of Crashworthiness

I saw an interesting piece on local television station WFTV that I thought might be interesting to share. The story had to do with a couple of recent tragic Central Florida road accident deaths that happened after cars crashed into the rear-end of semi tractor trailers. In each tragic accident the cars did what is called an “under-ride” – a situation where the car actually drives underneath the rear load of the truck. This typically results in catastrophic injuries (or death): Under-ride accidents are an example of a concept known as crashworthiness. Crashworthiness describes the ability of a vehicle to withstand a crash, as well as to avoid causing additional or worse injuries to people involved in a crash. In the case of semi-tractor trailers, it is understood that the trailers will from time-to-time be involved in rear-end accidents. It is also known that without some kind of under-ride guarding, occupants of cars could easily be decapitated. As a result, tractor trailers are expected to have a functional under-ride guard.  The guard obviously won’t keep a collision from happening, but it can keep the injuries from becoming catastrophic. As is evidenced by these recent accidents, there is some concern that current under-ride guards may be insufficient or inadequate. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently studying this issue. If you have any questions about crashworthiness, or a Florida traffic accident, generally, please call Winter Park truck accident attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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Was Big Rig Truck Driver Distracted In Fatal Sand Lake Road Crash?

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in Motor vehicle accidents

Was Big Rig Truck Driver Distracted In Fatal Sand Lake Road Crash?

Was distracted driving the reason for a four-vehicle crash Saturday night that left one person tragically dead, and six others injured?  The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that a tractor-trailer rig driven by Billie Valerie Dolezal, rear-ended a Jeep, and that this impact caused a chain reaction of collisions with two other vehicles. The crash occurred at the intersection of Sand Lake Road and John Young Parkway in Orlando. The impact was so severe that the tractor and the Jeep both caught fire. The driver of the Jeep, Edgardo Muniz, of Kissimee, was tragically killed. His Jeep was pushed into a Nissan driven by an Orlando man who was injured, and the Nissan was pushed into a Honda, causing injuries to its four occupants. Local Orlando residents know that both Sand Lake Road and John Young Parkway are busy, commercial roads, with businesses on both sides. The intersection in question is very large and controlled by traffic signals, with multiple lanes in all directions, turn lanes, etc.  Anyone approaching such a large intersection should easily realize that there is likely to be other vehicles there – especially a professional truck driver with a special, commercial driver’s license, and presumably, many hours of experience behind the wheel of a truck. Having handled our fair share of Orlando car accident cases, and representing the families of people killed in those accidents and people injured in those accidents, it appears likely that the truck driver was somehow distracted as she approached the intersection. Maybe she was talking on her cell phone, or texting, or maybe referring to her phone for directions. Otherwise, I cannot understand how an experienced truck driver could fail to appreciate an intersection seemingly full of cars, and fail to stop her vehicle in time. If you have any questions following an Orlando truck accident, or wrongful death, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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