Florida is routinely ranked as one of the top five worst states for fatal auto accidents. Recently, VOX released a report naming The 10 Deadliest Interstates. Two of Florida’s interstates were ranked among the top ten deadliest highways in America. Interstate 295 (I-295), which is an auxiliary route of Interstate 95 around central Jacksonville, was ranked as Number 6. Interstate 4 (I-4), which stretches from Tampa to Daytona Beach, was ranked ninth on the list of the ten most deadly interstates. Using data from the National Traffic Safety Administration, the rankings were based upon the number of fatal auto accidents for every ten miles of interstate highway.
Fatigued and Distracted Truck Driver
Tampa’s ABC Action News reported that the Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a commercial truck driver’s online social media post in which he boasted about driving his large truck for more than twenty hours in order to complete a delivery run to Lakeland, Florida from Tomah, Wisconsin. On Sunday evening at 9:30 p.m., the truck driver posted on Facebook that, although Lakeland was 1,470 miles away, his truck needed to be parked in Lakeland by 6:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. The truck driver posted: “forget sleeping $$$$ talk[s].”
Comedians Tracy Morgan and James “Jimmy Mack” McNair were involved in a limousine and truck accident on June 7, 2014 on the New Jersey turnpike. The accident involved a Wal-Mart semi tractor trailer and a limousine carrying seven people including the comedians. The Wal-Mart semi driver was traveling 65 miles per hour in a 45 miles per hour speed limit zone and failed to break in time for slow-moving traffic ahead, which lead him to rear-end the limousine. Unfortunately, the accident killed James McNair and left Tracy Morgan and four other passengers seriously injured.
On the afternoon on Wednesday July 22nd, a commercial box truck toppled off the Alafia Bridge and fell into the river. A Florida Highway Patrol comments that the truck was heading north on I-75 when it made an inapt lane change into the outside lane, which caused the truck to hit the left front end of a 2005 Toyota Camry. This caused both vehicles to lose control. The truck struck the concrete barrier wall, careened off the bridge, and landed into the water 25 feet below.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, nine individuals were injured in a wreck involving a van carrying children with special needs and a semi-truck carrying roofing tiles on Wednesday, July 15th. The crash occurred in Hillsborough County on Interstate 75 heading southbound. The van carrying the children hit a stopped car while trying to merge on the I-4 ramp. Then, the van was hit by a semi-truck. As a result of the crash, nine people were sent to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa.