One Injured in Fiery Crash with 18-Wheeler on 27th Ave in Miami Gardens, FL
Miami Gardens, FL -- May 10, 2022, one person was injured when a tractor-trailer and a sedan collided and caught fire on 27th Avenue in Miami Gardens.
Authorities say the incident happened around 4:00 a.m. on Northwest 27th Avenue near the Palmetto Expressway. Preliminary investigation and video surveillance from a nearby business suggests
that a blue sedan crashed into the semi-truck at full speed for unknown reasons. The impact triggered an explosion and both vehicles caught fire.
The car's driver was awake and alert when firefighters rescued him. He was rushed to an area hospital for treatment. The truck driver was evaluated and released at the scene.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Truck Accident on 27th Ave in Miami Gardens
News reports make things sound like the sedan in this accident plowed with absolutely no cause into the big rig, but the video they mention actually tells something of a different story. In the video it seems quite clear that the 18-wheeler is turning through the oncoming lane when the car crashes into it. The truck's cab appears to be at least partway blocking the opposite lane when the car appears from the right of the frame and the collision occurs.
Based on the video it looks more like the truck driver failed to yield while turning rather than the car's driver failing to slow down. If he was minding his own business traveling the right direction on the road and suddenly a truck was in his way, is that really his doing? Doesn't seem like it to me.
Of course, the truck driver and the company don't have to agree with that. News reports already give them pretty fertile ground to make some arguments about the car's driver speeding or not paying attention before the crash. Whether either of those are true would have to be shown through careful investigation, but the company's likely to at least suggest it whether or not the additional work is done.
Here's the thing, though: Depending on how much time they have and how sure they feel about their conclusions, police may not revisit the crash even if there's a dispute between the victim and the truck driver about how it happened. They're just as likely to wash their hands of the matter and tell both sides to figure it out for themselves. That's why it's important for the victim to seek help from an independent investigator who knows how to dig deeper and find all the relevant details. Armed with the evidence those experts uncover, many people have successfully held negligent truck drivers and their employers responsible for crashes like this one.