Rash of South Florida semi accidents a reminder of the dangers large trucks pose to motorists

Several recent high-profile semi accidents in South Florida offer a stark reminder of the dangers large commercial trucks pose to motorists on the road.

In Florida, semis can legally weight 80,000 pounds — a primary reason why South Florida trucking accidents are most often fatal for other motorists involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer or other large commercial truck.

Last week, a 14-year-veteran of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office was killed in a fiery crash in Lehigh Acres, after his pickup truck was struck by an 18-wheeler, according to The News-Press of Fort Myers.

The driver of the semi was not injured.

Meanwhile, WINK News reports the Florida Highway Patrol continues to investigate a deadly trucking accident at mile marker 62 on Alligator Alley. One of the truck drivers was killed in the crash, which involved a Coca-Cola trailer and a flatbed hauling lumber.

Last month, at least two semis crashed near Jupiter, spilling about 200 gallons of diesel fuel in the roadway and trapping one motorist for more than an hour, the Palm Beach Post reported.

The accident closed the southbound lanes of I-95 for several hours.