• October 20, 2022

Truck Hits Disabled Big Rig off I-95, Two Injured in Brevard County, FL

Brevard County, FL — October 19, 2022, two men were injured in an accident involving two tractor-trailers on Interstate 95 in Brevard County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 5:00 p.m. on I-95 near State Road 520. Preliminary investigation suggests an 18-wheeler was stopped on the shoulder with reported mechanical issues and its 22-year-old driver had placed cones or reflectors behind it.

Shortly afterward a southbound heavy-duty straight truck drifted onto the shoulder for unknown reasons and hit the disabled big rig. After the impact one of the trucks hit two southbound sedans passing nearby.

The straight truck's driver suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken to an area hospital. The disabled truck's driver reportedly received minor injuries. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Truck Accident on I-95 in Brevard County

After an accident like this folks might quickly assume the driver who hit the stopped big rig did something wrong. That's quite possible, and I suspect authorities will look into possible explanations like reckless driving or distraction from a cell phone. However, what if there's more to the story that police didn't catch?

Truck Hits Disabled Big Rig off I-95, Two Injured in Brevard County, FL

Tempted as some may be to just blame operator errors there are plenty of other possible factors that should be investigated here. Did the straight truck have mechanical problems or defects that sent it off the road? Did it lose traction on an area covered in water or debris? Did the driver swerve suddenly to avoid another vehicle? Was the disabled truck entirely on the shoulder or was it partially in a travel lane? Were both trucks built to sufficient standards to keep their drivers as safe as possible in a situation like this?

Put simply, early reports rarely if ever show the full picture. Zooming out and looking at the bigger picture, including finding the less-obvious details and considering all the possible contributing elements, may be a job for experienced independent investigators. At the very least the people affected by the crash deserve to know no stone was left unturned.

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