• November 04, 2022

One Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on I-4 in Hillsborough County, FL

Hillsborough County, FL — November 1, 2022, a 31-year-old Largo man died in a late-night crash with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 4 in Hillsborough County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 1:00 a.m. on westbound I-4. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving a sedan west at what police called "a very low speed" when a big rig approached and started to overtake him.

According to reports the truck hit the back of the sedan and pushed it onto the shoulder. The big rig also ran onto the shoulder where it overturned.

The sedan's driver was rushed to an area hospital and was pronounced dead a short time later.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

One Killed in Hillsborough County, FL Crash with 18-Wheeler on I-4

Commentary on Truck Accident on I-4 in Hillsborough County

Some might think the reported details of this accident mean the truck driver who hit the victim is clearly at fault and his company should make things right, but almost no commercial truck accident ties up that neatly. Trucking companies have many tricks and strategies to help them avoid the hot seat; in Florida, for example, they might suggest that limited nighttime visibility or the victim's "very low speed" were actually to blame. Alternately, they might tell the victim's family they'll take care of everything once their investigation is complete--which really means they'll kick the can as far down the road as possible in hopes of time running out or finding something they can use to dispute fault. Their stubbornness and inventiveness shouldn't be underestimated.

That's why I do what I can to inform people about the challenges they might face in situations like this. I hope the needed steps were taken or will be taken to ensure the victim's loved ones get the resolution they deserve.

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