One Injured in Santa Rosa Truck Accident on Highway 87
A 46-year-old man was injured in a Santa Rosa truck accident on Highway 87 on September 20. The victim was driving a John Deere tractor pulling a peanut combine when an approaching semi-truck and trailer struck the combine, forcing it into the rear of the tractor. According to Florida Highway Patrol, the driver of the tractor was ejected from the vehicle and onto the road.
The victim suffered serious injuries and was transported to Santa Rosa Medical Center. Thankfully, the driver of the semi-truck suffered only minor injuries. The tractor broke loose from the peanut combine in the collision, causing it to travel on its own down the east shoulder of the road for almost three-quarters of a mile before stopping. An investigation into the accident is still ongoing.
Over 500,000 trucking accidents occur in the U.S. every year involving big rigs, semi-trucks, 18 wheelers, delivery trucks, buses and construction vehicles. Common causes of Florida truck accidents include driver exhaustion, driver distraction, improperly loaded cargo, and reckless driving. If the driver of the semi-truck is found to be responsible for the Highway 87 accident, he and the company who owns the truck may be held liable for injuries to the tractor driver.
Our Florida injury lawyers have been working for victims of truck accidents since 1979 and have an intimate understanding of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rules and regulations for truck drivers. We will work hard to get the compensation our injured clients deserve.
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