Semi-truck accident shuts down I-275

Truck accidents can sometimes be more serious than accidents only involving passenger vehicles due to the sheer size of tractor-trailers. Drivers of these large vehicles must be extra attentive and follow all rules of the road to keep others, and themselves, as safe as possible. When a truck accident does occur, it may result in serious injuries and can have a major impact on traffic conditions. Northbound traffic on I-275 came to a standstill for two hours on Jan. 23 after a tractor-trailer jackknifed near St. Petersburg and all northbound lanes were closed.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, the chain of events leading up to the jackknife began around 7:40 a.m. A 24-year-old female swerved to avoid crashing into the car in front of her and was then hit by the semi, driven by a 27-year-old man. Both vehicles spun to the left, resulting in the tractor-trailer striking another vehicle, driven by a 47-year-old man. The 47-year-old’s car flipped over and came to rest in the median, which is where the 24-year-old’s car ended up as well.

The driver of the semi was not injured, according to Highway Patrol. The drivers of the two other vehicles received minor injuries in the crash and were both taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. A 25-year-old passenger in one of the cars suffered serious injuries.

An inattentive or distracted truck driver can mean disastrous consequences for all involved. This accident certainly could have been worse, and while the crash is still under investigation, if the driver of the semi is found to be at fault for the truck accident, those injured may be able to receive compensation for lost wages, medical expenses and other damages.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, “Accident blocks I-275 near 22nd Avenue N in St. Petersburg” No author given, Jan. 23, 2014

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