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Tractor Trailer Carrying Chemicals Crashes on I-95

Officials recently reported that a tractor trailer accident caused a major traffic tie up on I-95. Florida Highway Patrol officials report that an SUV, after swerving to avoid debris on the road, collided with the tractor trailer. The accident occurred between Sheridan and Hollywood Boulevard.

According to troopers, I-95 had to be shut down for more than two hours while firefighters used an air chisel to open the trailer and review the chemical cargo. The cargo included benzyl alcohol, among other chemicals. Firefighters successfully removed the chemical drums before attempting to pull the trailer upright.

While there is no word on the driver of the SUV, the tractor trailer driver was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Risks of Tractor Trailers on the Road

According to statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 3,602 people died in large truck crashes in 2013. Of these fatalities, only sixteen percent were truck occupants, while 67 percent were occupants of passenger vehicles and the remaining 15 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists. According to statistics, most deaths in tractor trailer accidents are the occupants of passenger vehicles, mainly because smaller vehicles are far more vulnerable in a crash than a large truck that weighs 20 to 30 times more.

Trucks also fail to have the same braking capability as smaller vehicles. It is estimated that a loaded tractor-trailer will take 20 to 40 percent farther to stop than a passenger vehicle. The discrepancy is even greater when the roads are wet and slippery or brakes are poorly maintained.

Truck driver fatigue is another well-known risk that leads to injury and death in crashes. While the federal government regulates truck drivers' hours of service, surveys indicate that many tractor trailer truck drivers violate these regulations and work much longer than permitted.

Personal Injury Lawsuit Against Tractor Trailer

If you have been involved in an accident with a tractor trailer or other large truck, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. The team at Bernstein & Maryanoff in Miami are here to help you build your personal injury case. We will listen to you and help you determine how much you may be able to seek in damages. This could include compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and more.

Tractor trailers are heavily regulated by the government because they can be dangerous on the road. Bernstein & Maryanoff can help you determine if the driver or trucking company was negligent in your accident and can help you seek compensation for your damages.

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