Semi Hauling Concrete Crashes into Car in Lake County
On Friday morning, a semi-truck carrying a load of concrete was traveling down State Road 50 when it was involved in an accident with a car that left at least one person dead. Currently, there are reports from the Florida Highway Patrol that provide us with the greatest portion of the information that we possess. These reports state that it was sometime around 6:45 a.m. when a 43-year-old woman was driving their car down Douglas Road inside of Lake County. At a certain point along its trajectory, Douglas Road intersects with State Road 50, where it then concedes the right-of-way to travelers along State Road 50. This is indicated by the presence of a stop sign intended for travelers along Douglas Road.
The 43-year-old woman driving the car reached the intersection of Douglas Road and State Road 50 and then stopped as required. It is not clear exactly why what happened next took place, but it appears that after the woman stopped she then continued driving without taking into account the oncoming semi-truck loaded with concrete. The driver of the car attempted to make a left turn onto State Road 50, a maneuver which required her to cross over the path of the semi-truck. It was as the driver of the car was accelerating through the intersection that they were T-boned by the semi-truck.
While it is not fully known how far away the truck was from the intersection at the time that the driver of the car began to drive through, it is a fact that larger and heavier vehicles are not able to stop as quickly as smaller, lighter ones. Especially as the semi was loaded with concrete, it is an inescapable fact that the driver of the truck would have had a difficult time fully activating the brake in order to avoid striking the car. The load of concrete would also cause the force of the impact between the two vehicles to be much harsher than it otherwise might have been.
Paramedics and EMTs rushed to the area and began administering emergency medical care to both individuals involved. The 43-year-old driver of the car was taken to a nearby hospital where she was later pronounced dead. The driver of the truck was also taken to a hospital where he was then treated for serious injuries.
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.