Truck Driver Cut Off, Distracted by Phone in Overpass Crash

An investigation into a crash early in the morning on Wednesday, January 4 has confirmed that the driver of the semi-truck was cut off by another driver, causing him to swerve the vehicle into the barrier wall alongside Interstate 75 before tumbling over the wall and crashing down onto Fowler Avenue below.

The contents of the truck, a load of recycled debris, spilled across multiple lanes and damaged two vehicles before troopers were able to close off the road. ┬áThe driver suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken to a nearby hospital. While troopers have not been able to identify the vehicle that cut off the truck, they have released the truck’s dash-cam footage that shows the progression of events leading up to the crash. While the front-facing view clearly displays the car entering I-75 from an on-ramp dangerously close to the truck, the cab-facing view from the camera shows that the driver was looking down at his phone in the moments leading up to the accident.

Truck driver cellphone use dramatically increases the chances that they will be involved in what the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) describes as a “safety-critical event,” which includes unintentional lane deviations, near-crashes and crashes. According to information provided on their website, truck drivers who take their eyes off the road to check their phones are six times more likely to be involved in one of these safety-critical events.

The driver was cited for using his phone while driving.

Truck drivers operate vehicles that can weigh nearly 23 times the average midsize car, so their negligent actions literally carry more weight than the average driver. If you or someone you love was seriously injured by the negligent or wrongful actions of a truck driver, contact the Tampa personal injury attorneys at Givens Givens Sparks today. We have dedicated our careers to providing injured victims with the experienced legal representation they need to secure the compensation they require to cover any medical bills or other damages they may have incurred. Give us a call at (813) 336-3348 to speak with one of our lawyers, or fill out our online form to request a free case consultation today.

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