Two Injured in 18-Wheeler Crossover Crash on I-75 near Lake City, FL
Lake City, FL — July 26, 2022, two people were injured in a crash between tractor-trailers on Interstate 75 in Columbia County.
According to reports the incident happened around 11:30 p.m. on I-75 near Lake City. Preliminary investigation suggests a semi-truck was northbound on the highway when a passenger vehicle cut it off. The truck driver swerved left to avoid it, passed through the median, and entered the oncoming lane where it crashed with a southbound 18-wheeler.
The crossover truck's driver was unhurt. Two people in the southbound big rig reportedly received minor injuries.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Truck Accident on I-75 in Columbia County
People may be tempted to downplay this accident given its seemingly straightforward fact pattern and the allegedly-minor nature of the injuries it caused. However, it's best after any collision (particularly those involving commercial trucks) to gather all the facts and prepare for any complications that could arise. For example, the actual damage done could have been underestimated.
Fortunately, a man that came to me a while back didn't make the mistake of thinking preliminary reports had all the facts. He sought out help after he was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler, and hospital scans showed his "minor back pain" was actually a ruptured disk in his spine. Days after the crash he was almost paralyzed by pain, yet the first assessments made the collision sound like little more than a fender bender. We fought tooth and nail and got him the help he needed, but the company behind that big rig argued and dragged its feet the whole time.
I certainly hope nothing like that happens after the Florida crash, but it's crucial to take the right steps and be sure the victims have what they need to seek help. At worst they're overprepared for nothing, which is always better than the opposite.