Fatal tractor trailer truck accidents can happen more often than you think, and driver negligence is often to blame.

On February 12, tampabay.com reported a fatal crash between a semi tractor trailer and a car. The tractor trailer was transporting 30,000 pounds of alcoholic beverages when it attempted to pass a car on I-75. The tractor trailer struck the rear end of the car, causing the tractor trailer to overturn on the highway, and the car to swerve off of I-75 and into the Alafia River, killing the driver of the car.

Semi Truck Driver

The article states that previous driving history cannot disqualify an candidate from getting a commercial driver’s license. In this case, the truck driver had dozens of driving infractions in the past ten years including having his driving license suspended 6 times.

A spokesperson from ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, the semi truck driver’s employer, has declined to comment on the semi truck driver’s poor driving record. Though the accident remains under investigation, fog has been ruled out as a cause, and it seems apparent that the semi driver’s negligence led to this unfortunate crash that took the life of an innocent driver.