• May 20, 2022

One Killed, One Injured in Tractor-Trailer Accident on Florida Turnpike in St. Lucie County, FL

St. Lucie County, FL -- May 18, 2022, one person was killed and one was injured due to an accident on the turnpike where a semi crashed with a car.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 7:00 a.m. near mile marker 164. Right now, the cause of the crash remains unclear. Reports said only that a tractor-trailer and a BMW on southbound lanes of the turnpike collided, causing the BMW to roll over.

As a result of the crash, one person in the BMW sustained fatal injuries. Another occupant was taken to a hospital. Additional details about what caused the accident are unavailable at this time.

Commentary on Tractor-Trailer Accident on Florida Turnpike in St. Lucie County

After a serious commercial truck wreck, it's not unusual when there are so few details available. However, simply waiting around for the authorities isn't always the most prudent approach. To be blunt, police don't always have the tools or experience to investigate something as complex as a commercial truck wreck. That's how important details slip through the cracks.

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For example, I handled a situation a while back where a family came to me for assistance after months with no word from the authorities. Through our investigations, we found out the investigating officer--an inexperienced rookie--allowed a trucking company representative to take the truck's Engine Control Module from the scene before it could be independently verified. That's an important tool which can show things like speeding and even braking leading up to the collision. Letting the trucking company just take it from the scene would be like asking a burglary suspect to dust for fingerprints.

As I said, I cannot say who or what caused this terrible tragedy--it would be outright irresponsible of me to say I knew more than what's in the news. My point is simply that folks often underestimate what all goes into a proper truck wreck investigation. It requires years of experience and state of the art tools which almost always means ensuring independent accident reconstructionists look into things. There is no doubt a family out there in need of answers, and it's important to know the steps that can get them those answers.


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