LEE COUNTY, FL- Nbc-2.com writes that a child and two adults were injured in a crash this week on Interstate 75 in Lee County. The incident occurred in the afternoon close to the Colonial Boulevard exit. Reports indicate that the semi-truck and a car collided, and then both of those vehicles struck the guardrail. Police cited the truck driver for careless driving following the truck accident. Responders transported the injured three-year-old to the hospital trauma unit. Two women also suffered injuries in the collision.
Police are actively investigating the incident, but early reports indicate that a bad lane change could have led to the accident. Images from the crash site show a silver-colored sedan with severe damage on its rear and to its front as well. The car came to a stop up against the guardrail.
Diesel fuel was leaking from the truck after the crash leading to a more complicated cleanup operation.
Trucks are involved in thousands of deadly crashes every year. One of the factors that creates a greater risk of these types of incidents occurring is driver fatigue. Truckers can remain behind the wheel for up to eleven hours at a time. According to research conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the chances of a deadly crash increase by double when a driver has been operating a truck for over eight hours. Drivers sometimes violate the eleven-hour limit as well, and those drivers who report committing such a violation are more likely to have fallen asleep while driving within the last 30 days. Fortunately, the use of electronic logging devices has reduced drivers’ ability to falsify their driving logs and violate the hours of service rules.
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