• July 12, 2022

18-Wheeler Crashes into Traffic, Seven Injured on I-75S in Sarasota, FL

Sarasota, FL — July 11, 2022, seven people were injured when a tractor-trailer crashed into stopped traffic on I-75 South in Sarasota.

According to reports the incident happened shortly before 10:30 a.m. along I-75 South near Clark Road. Preliminary investigation suggests southbound traffic was congested in the area and vehicles were stopped on the roadway when a big rig approached and crashed into them.

The chain-reaction wreck ultimately involved the truck and five passenger vehicles. Seven people were transported to local hospitals for treatment of injuries ranging from minor to serious, but none were considered life-threatening.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Truck Accident on I-75S in Sarasota

A big rig most often hits slowed or stopped traffic for one or more of just a few reasons like speeding, following too closely, or driver distraction. None of those have to be involved in the Florida crash, of course, but in most of these situations it's ultimately found the accident was avoidable and the truck driver just made some serious mistakes.

Of course, even if that's the case neither the driver nor his employer have to agree. Many crash victims assume the driver and company have no wiggle room to get out of their obligations after a big rig plows into stopped vehicles like this, but even when a trucker's fault seems clear on paper their employers typically say something else was to blame: Sudden and surprising mechanical or brake failures, sun glare, the victims stopped too suddenly for the driver to react...the excuses go on and on, and no matter how ridiculous they may sound they still have to be overcome.

18-Wheeler Crashes into Traffic, Seven Injured on I-75S in Sarasota, FL

Doing so falls to the victims and their families, which can be a tall order while they're still reeling from the damage they suffered in the crash. That's why I often suggest working with independent investigators and other allies to get they proof they need. Backing up a claim with indisputable facts is key for getting folks the answers and help they deserve.

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