One Killed in Crash with Box Truck on US-27 ALT in Levy County, FL
Levy County, FL — September 6, 2022, a 71-year-old Bronson man died in a collision with a box truck on U.S. Highway 27 Alternate in Levy County.
According to authorities the incident happened around 11:30 a.m. on US-27 ALT at County Road 347. Preliminary investigation suggests a Freightliner box truck was northbound on CR 347 when the driver entered the highway intersection ahead of the victim's passing Buick SUV. The two collided in the roadway.
The SUV driver suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The box truck driver received serious injuries and was taken to an area hospital.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Levy County Truck Accident on US-27 ALT
There's still some investigating to do here to make sure the whole story is known and proven, but some may see that a box truck driver reportedly failed to yield and think that's more than enough to hold him (and by extension his employer) responsible for what happened. If the trucker really failed to yield to cross-traffic, how could they do anything but accept fault and try to make things right?
That may seem reasonable, but I often caution people against thinking an accident--especially one with a commercial truck--is as straightforward as a blurb in the news might suggest. I also urge them not to take a trucking company's cooperation for granted, no matter how damning the preliminary details may seem.
Frustrating as it is, trucking companies rarely accept fault without doing everything they can to avoid it first. Some may not see how that'd be possible here if the truck driver didn't yield as alleged, but it's important not to underestimate how inventive (or heartless) trucking companies and their attorneys can get to escape liability and protect their assets. Click below to learn more about how some of the steps they take to build defenses after an accident like the one in Levy County.