An 85-year-old man died on Saturday, September 19, after a mishap on a wet road led to his vehicle being struck by a tractor-trailer.
Authorities say the accident happened on Donald Ross Road near Jupiter, around 4 PM. The victim, who hasn’t been identified yet pending notification of next of kin, lost control of his vehicle on a wet patch of road, according to Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). His pickup veered off the road, hit an inside guardrail, and made it back onto the highway, where it was hit by a tractor trailer.
That collision sent the pickup into the outside guardrail, where it again bounced back violently onto the highway, hitting another pickup truck and camper before finally coming to a stop. Sadly, the 85-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene after rescue crews arrived. No one else was hurt.
Slick roads can always be hazardous, and drivers should be extra cautious in rainy weather. However, truck drivers need to be especially careful due to the large size of their vehicles. Although the initial report in this case indicates that the man lost control of his vehicle, tractor trailer drivers are trained to avoid vehicles, and must make every effort possible to avoid accidents.
It is possible that the driver of the tractor trailer could bear a portion of the responsibility for this tragic collision. An experienced attorney may be needed to investigate whether the tractor trailer driver and the truck bear any responsibility for this loss.