Our law firm is seeking witnesses to a lunchtime accident involving three vehicles including a tractor-trailer that injured our client. The accident killed 66-year-old Susan Bartholomay of Merritt Island and closed the south-bound lanes of Interstate 95 near Rockledge for more than five hours on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.
In Brevard County and across the entire United States, the sight of trucks going to and fro is a frequent occurrence. While these commercial vehicles are important to the state of the economy and provide commerce, goods and services, the sheer number of them on the road means Floridians need to watch out for the traffic violations these vehicles sometimes make.
The health of the economy in Brevard County and throughout the nation is very much tied to the transportation of commerce. Partly because of this importance, truck drivers are under tremendous pressure to transport produce and goods over long distances in a short amount of time. Unfortunately, when truck drivers are up against a tight deadline, they may be compelled to hit the road when they have not had adequate rest. Truck driver fatigue can lead to accidents, and truck accidents can be deadly to others on the road.
There's a scary trend going on with trucks and truck accidents, and the trend seems to be going largely unnoticed. From 2009 to 2012, fatal truck accidents increased 18 percent. Even though that's a significant jump in its own right, the statistic is even scary with a little context. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during that same time period: