Boca Raton, Florida, police say that a car traveling east on Clint Moore Road struck the trailer portion of a big rig truck as the truck driver was attempting to make a U-turn in the middle of the street. The driver of the car perished as a result of the collision. The accident happened just after 6:00 p.m. and snarled traffic for nearly four hours between East Rogers Circle and West Rogers Circle.
Police have few leads, and the accident is still under investigation. From what authorities have been able to gather so far, the driver of the tractor-trailer is a 69-year-old man from Kingston, Tennessee. He was not injured in the collision when the 2014 Hyundai Equis being driven by the 76-year-old decedent slammed into the side of his trailer, leaving the car pinned underneath it.
So far, there has been no mention of alcohol or drugs having a role in this truck accident. Police are searching for more clues about this crash.
Semi-trucks are massive vehicles that weigh an enormous amount. That is why there are strict rules governing the safe operation of them on our roads and highways. For example, truck drivers are required to rest at certain intervals and are forbidden from disregarding traffic safety signs. Truck drivers also must receive extensive training prior to taking to the road, and the vehicles they operate must conform to certain safety standards.
The family members of the decedent may want to know if the death of their loved one was caused by a failure of any of the aforementioned requirements. They might want to look into hiring an expert in this field such as a legal representative who knows the right questions to ask. If it turns out that the death of their loved one was preventable, they may be entitled to financial compensation for their loss.
Source: The Palm Beach Post, “UPDATE: Victim in fatal crash identified as 76-year-old Boca Raton man” Sonja Isger, Apr. 21, 2014