A recent trucking accident in Osceola County has claimed the lives of two Orlando men, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. The victims, ages 23 and 32, died from injuries suffered when their passenger vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer on U.S. 192. A third passenger in the car, a 20-year-old Windermere man, and remains listed in critical condition in an area hospital with undisclosed injuries. Troopers report that The 23-year-old victim was driving a 2003 Ford sedan north on Alligator Lake Shore West around 2 a.m. when he attempted to cross the eastbound lanes of U.S. 192 and collided with a semi driven by 47-year-old Orlando man.
The truck driver told troopers that the accident began when the victim ran a stop sign at the intersection of 192 and Alligator Lake Shore West. The truck driver told troopers that he tried to switch lanes to avoid striking the Ford but the front of his semi struck the left side of the car. One of the fatally injured men was ejected from the Ford during the collision and landed on the roadway. Troopers say that the crash remains under investigation and have not announced whether or not they plan to file charges.
People riding in passenger vehicles involved in collisions with semi-trucks are much more likely to suffer critical and fatal injuries than any other type of collision. It’s not surprising, given the physics of a passenger vehicle weighing a few thousand pounds colliding with a tractor-trailer weighing up to 80,000 pounds. When that much weight is traveling at any speed, a collision with any smaller object is going to result in catastrophic damage to the smaller vehicle and anyone riding in it.
In some cases, negligent drivers of passenger vehicles cause trucking accidents. In others, negligent truck drivers who drive aggressively, talk or text on cell phones while driving, operate their vehicles under the influence of drugs or alcohol, fall asleep at the wheel or other types of negligence are at fault. Occasionally, trucking accidents are caused by mechanical failure due to owners who fail to maintain their vehicles properly.
If you or someone you love is injured in a trucking accident and you would like to speak with an Orlando trucking accident lawyer with a proven record of success handling these cases, call James O. Cunningham today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587). Since Mr. Cunningham began his career as an Orlando personal injury attorney in 1977, he has helped countless victims of central Florida trucking accidents receive the compensation they need and deserve to recover from their injuries. If you would like to schedule a free consultation with Mr. Cunningham, call him today and get his skills and experience working for you!
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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