Sometimes driving next to a tractor-trailer can be dangerous, even if vehicles don’t collide. A lot of factors can cause an accident, including tire blowouts.
An unusual truck accident in Polk County caused injuries to a 41-year-old motorcyclist from Deltona last week. A semi-trailer traveling alongside him apparently had a sudden left rear tire blow out. The incident occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Interstate 4 in between County Road 557 and State Road 559.
The tire blowout caused the motorcyclist to lose control of his bike while traveling west on the highway. He applied his brakes and the 2004 Kawasaki motorcycle then rolled over on its left side, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The motorcyclist’s injuries were characterized as serious by medical personnel.
The truck driver did not stop to assist the injured man, apparently unaware that the accident had occurred. State troopers subsequently contacted the 37-year-old truck driver, who is from Lakeland, through his employer after witnesses told investigators about the truck they’d seen.
Law enforcement investigators are continuing to look into the details of the bizarre accident. The motorcyclist appears to have been at the wrong place at the wrong time.
The impact of serious truck crashes in Florida can often be even more severe. Many victims of truck accidents suffer catastrophic injuries that require expensive and long-term medical care. People injured in serious truck accidents can help make sure their rights are protected by contacting a qualified attorney.
Source: Orlando Sentinel, “Freak accident in Polk County seriously injuries Deltona man,” Gary Taylor, May 1, 2012