A young man died Monday morning in Plant City, Florida, when his 2004 Honda Civic drifted in front of tractor trailer.
The 25-year-old lost control of his vehicle on Paul Buckman Highway (State Route 39) in the early morning hours. Just two hours after midnight, the Florida Highway Patrol was called to the scene.
The car’s driver was going north on the state road. Near the intersection with Varn Road, the car drifted into the southbound lane. State troopers said the small Civic hit the tractor trailer’s cab and trailer before being rebounded back across the northbound lanes. The car came to rest on the outside shoulder of the north lanes.
The young Bronx driver was wearing a seatbelt, but he still suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The 53-year-old semi driver was unharmed.
The highway was closed for several hours by the Florida Highway Patrol while the truck accident was investigated by troopers.
At the time, alcohol was not believed to be at fault.
It’s highly likely the young man fell asleep at the wheel, reports a witness. In fact, the United States Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that about 100,000 reported collisions are caused by drowsiness or fatigue. Of that 100,000, it’s estimated that as many as 1,500 fatalities and 71,000 injuries occur.
When thinking about how often people report falling asleep at the wheel, it’s really amazing that the carnage isn’t worse. A source reveals the findings of a recent survey by Farmers Insurance in Brooklyn . They said that more than 10 percent of drivers admit to having fallen asleep at some point behind the wheel. More than 20 percent of drivers say they have momentarily dozed while driving.
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These are shocking statistics. In the case of a car accident that is not your fault, you are entitled to reimbursement for damages, repairs, medical bills and loss of income due to recovery time. Good legal counsel will know just the steps to take to ensure that you are justly compensated.