A tractor-trailer accident in Florida involving three big rigs killed one of the drivers Friday night. One of the other drivers in this fatal truck accident was from right here in Missouri.
According to local media reports, the accident happened on I-95 as a group of vehicles had stopped due to traffic. Among the vehicles that were stopped were two tractor trailers, one driven by Missourian Donald Shrum, 28, and another driven by Alejandro Marquez, 46. A third tractor trailer, driven by James Fairbairn, 63, was approach the line of cars and trucks and failed to stop. Fairbairn’s truck slammed into the back of Marquez’s, which in turn was pushed into Shrum’s.
Fairbairn was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The other drivers did not suffer serious injury.
Clean up crews worked for hours to remove the wreckage and clean up hundreds of gallons of spilled diesel fuel.
Like the other chain reaction fatal tractor-trailer wreck we’ve commented on this month, the forces involved in this accident must have been overwhelming to move and severely damage two trucks weighing up to 80,000 pounds each. These dangerous forces are why commercial trucking is subject to stricter regulation and why all drivers must be careful when operating or driving near a tractor trailer.
If you have been involved in a tractor trailer accident, consult a tractor trailer accident attorney who is knowledgeable about trucking laws will be able to teach you about your rights as an accident victim.