Jackson County, Florida – 63 year old Lillie Conyers of Crestview, Florida was seriously injured in a truck accident on I-10 Monday morning in Jackson County.
Also injured was 39 year old James Conyers, also of Crestview.
According to Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), Lillie Conyers was driving westbound on Interstate 10 and struck a semi that had overturned in front of her. The Conyers were transported to the Jackson Hospital for emergency medical treatment.
The 2006 tractor-trailer had also been traveling westbound on I-10 when it left the roadway. The truck driver, 29 year old Michael Dufur of Ocala, Florida, over-corrected causing the truck to overturn blocking all of the westbound lanes of I-10.
Dufur and his passenger 36 year old Guertho Lemorin of Tampa, Florida, received only minor injuries in the crash.
Too often, truck drivers like Dufur are pressured by the trucking companies they work for to drive longer hours than Federal Regulations allow. When that happens, truck drivers are forced to drive 80,000 pound tractor trailers on our roadways while they are fatigued and, at times, inattentive. Fatigue one of the most common causes of truck accidents.
In 2002, trucks were involved in over 70,000 accidents in Florida according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). That’s almost one third of all Florida motor vehicle accidents that occurred in that year.
Unfortunately, truck accident statistics don’t tell the whole story. Very often, truck accidents devastate families when loved ones suffer catastrophic injuries like brain damage (TBI), spinal cord injuries (paralysis, quadriplegia or paraplegia), burn injuries and death. Caring for a family member who has suffered a severe traumatic brain injury or a serious neurological injury like quadriplegia can take an emotional as well as a financial toll on the entire family. These injured victims usually require around the clock medical care for the rest of their lives.
While the Florida personal injury lawyers at our firm do everything possible to protect the rights of the families of those injured or killed in Florida truck accidents, we would rather see these terrible accidents prevented. Congress and the Florida Legislature must act to impose tighter regulations on the trucking industry including reducing the number of hours a truck driver is allowed to drive without sufficient rest. See my earlier post about Florida truck accidents for more on this topic.
Our Florida truck accident lawyers work with the top expert witnesses in the fields of trucking safety, accident reconstruction, civil engineering and human factors to prove liability in these complex cases. While we are based in Miami, we handle accident cases all over the state of Florida. For a free consultation, contact one of our Florida injury lawyers today.