After an accident in West Palm Beach with three other vehicles, a semi-truck sat in a nearby canal until it could be rescued by officials.
According to News Channel 5, the trucking accident happened near Mayfair Drive and Seminole Pratt Whitney Road. Captain Albert Borroto, a spokesman for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, says that one person was transported to Palms West Medical and treated for various injuries.
Officials say that there is no known contamination or any other environment concerns resulting from the semi landing in the canal. Officials are working to remove the truck from the canal and are continuing to investigate the accident.
Our Palm Beach accident lawyers understand that accidents that involve large trucks, either semis, tractor-trailers, big rigs or 18-wheelers, oftentimes involve multiple vehicles. Unfortunately these additional vehicles are usually passenger vehicles like the ones that you and I drive. It’s these vehicles in which occupants are most likely injured and killed, too. According to recently-released statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 76 percent of those who were killed in these accidents were the occupants of the other vehicles involved. About 10 percent were nonoccupants and the last 14 percent were the occupants of the large truck. Of the 3,700 people who were killed in trucking accidents across the U.S. in 2010, you can figure out who made up a good majority of these fatalities — motorists like you and I.
In the state of Florida, there were nearly 3,500 vehicles involved in fatal accidents in 2010. Of these vehicles, nearly 200 of them were large trucks, or vehicles with a gross weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds. This means that more than 5 percent of all registered trucks were involved in fatal auto accidents in the Sunshine State during that year.
Drivers are asked to be cautious when traveling among these large vehicles. According to the NHTSA, these large, commercial trucks were about three times more likely than any other kind of vehicle to be hit from behind in a two-vehicle accident. This should illustrate the importance of allowing these trucks with plenty of room. You never want to follow them too closely, you never want to cut them off and you never want to linger in their blind spots. All of these scenarios are a recipe for disaster, or for a fatal accident.
These vehicles are also much more likely to be involved in multiple-vehicle accidents. As a matter of fact, more than 80 percent of these accidents involve multiple vehicles. That’s in comparison to only about 60 percent of accidents that involve only passenger vehicles.
During the summer, the number of trucks along our roadways increases. Drivers are asked to adjust their habits behind the wheel around these large vehicles and keep safety as a number one priority. Only the most careful and cautious driving habits can help to decrease your risks for a potentially fatal trucking accident in Boca Raton and elsewhere.