• July 08, 2022

Injuries Reported in 18-Wheeler Overturn Crash on I-75 in Florida

Florida — July 6, 2022, injuries were reported after a tractor-trailer overturned on Interstate 75 in Florida.

According to reports the incident happened Wednesday night on I-75. Preliminary investigation suggests two 18-wheelers were traveling south in the outside lane of the highway when the rear truck hit the trailer of the one in front of it. After the impact the striking driver swerved and the truck tipped over to its left, landing on a pickup truck in the next lane.

Investigators say only minor injuries were reported for those involved in the collision.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on 18-Wheeler Overturn Accident in Florida

Considering how the crash is described it's something of a miracle that the only described injuries were minor. Before anyone takes that for granted, however, I think it's important to take a beat and make sure they're fully evaluated--and that their injuries are watched carefully until they heal.

Overkill? Hardly. I've done this for a long time and over the years I've seen plenty of cases where police underestimated victims' injuries at the scene. Not long ago, for example, a man came to me about a crash where his truck was rear-ended by a big rig. Doctors told him to use a heating pad and take ibuprofen for his sore back, then sent him home. A few days later, though, that soreness was pure agony.

Injuries Reported in 18-Wheeler Overturn Crash on I-75 in Florida

Further tests showed the crash actually ruptured a disk in his spine. That "minor" injury needed major surgery and months of recovery, not to mention a long battle with the insurance company to make them help him get back on his feet.

I certainly hope nothing like that happens after the Florida crash, but that man got what he needed in part because he took his situation seriously and reached out to us soon after his wreck. Those who wait too long or write their injuries off may not be so fortunate. As they say, "hope for the best but prepare for the worst." A truck accident is no exception.

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