The attorneys of Massey & Duffy extend our deepest sympathies to the victims and families involved in the deadly accident on Interstate 75 in Gainesville yesterday.
At approximately 5:10 pm on Wednesday, November 18th, two commercial trucks and several passenger vehicles were involved in a horrific accident near the 384-mile marker of I-75, near Archer Road. The accident left one person dead and several others injured. Florida Highway Patrol and Alachua County Fire Rescue personnel responded to the scene shortly after the report.
Due to the efforts of first responders and witnesses to the scene, two victims were quickly evacuated from the scene and treated for serious injuries at UF Shands Hospital. Several others involved in the crash were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
The crash, which involved a diesel fuel transport truck, caused a tractor-trailer to catch fire for several hours and caused the complete shutdown of I-75 in both directions. The scene was eventually cleared, well after 10 pm last night, and regular traffic resumed today.
Florida Highway Patrol Officers are still investigating the cause of the accident and are expecting the investigation to last several days. No statement has been released regarding the cause of the deadly accident, which took place during very heavy afternoon traffic and light rain.
The early minutes of a thunderstorm can sometimes be the most dangerous. Oil pools left from vehicles have a tendency to cause slick conditions before being washed away by the heavier rain. I-75 is particularly dangerous due to being a major commuting route between Ocala, Gainesville and Lake City. It is important to take precautions, even if a mere drizzle is present or rain has not started yet. Thunderstorms in Florida can be unpredictable and spotty and just because you have not observed rain does not mean it has not rained previously on other parts of the highway.
It is possible to avoid most serious accidents by increasing your following distance during inclement weather or low visibility, turning your headlights on, and not being distracted by cellphone use or texting. Posted speed limits are designed for optimal driving conditions, meaning that weather and low visibility may require lower than posted speeds to maintain safe driving conditions.
If you or a family member is injured in an auto accident, immediately call the Florida Highway Patrol. Take pictures of the accident scene, and contact an attorney who specializes in personal injury cases. The attorneys of Massey & Duffy will be able to assist you in your Bodily Injury claim and help you navigate the insurance claim process. We handle Personal Injury, Wrongful Death as well as numerous other claims involved in automobile accidents. Time is critical in these cases to preserve evidence and get you and your family the medical attention they need, Call our office today for a FREE Consultation at (352) 505-8900.