Fuel Leakage Causes Trucking Accident in Boca Raton on I-95

A recent tractor-trailer accident in Boca Raton shut down two lanes of Interstate 95 between Glades Road and Palmetto Road. Boca Raton firefighters responded to the accident and determined that the accident was the result of leaking fuel tank from the tractor-trailer’s saddle tank.

According to CBS12, emergency response teams including the DOT. were there to clean up the spilled fuel with a special absorbent. They also removed the rest of the fuel from the truck’s saddle tank by pump to help ensure no more spillage. About 100 gallons of fuel were removed from that saddle tank. Cleanup took about two hours. FHP is investigating the accident.

Our West Palm Beach trucking accident attorneys understand that the risks motorists face when traveling around large tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles. Because of their large size and heavy weight, they can inflict serious damage and injury on passenger vehicles and occupants. Motorists are urged to travel with extreme caution. This is especially important to remember during the holiday and the tourist season. Florida’s roads are expected to be packed with out-of-state drivers who are unfamiliar with the area. These conditions greatly increase your risks of being involved in an accident.

It’s estimated that there are nearly 20 million trucks on our roadways. Nearly 15 percent of these trucks include tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, big rigs and semis. Approximately 98 percent of the accidents that involve one of these massive vehicles result in at least one fatality. Americans dish out more than $20 billion each year for fatal tractor-trailer accidents. More than $13 billion is associated with the loss of quality of life. There are 2.3 deaths and more than 60 injures for every 100 million miles traveled on our country’s roadways.

It is estimated that semis, big rigs, 18-wheelers and tractor-trailers are involved in more 500,000 accidents every year. These accidents result in about 5,000 fatalities.

To help prevent these accidents, a number of transportation officials, departments and organizations stay on top of the industry to help ensure that these large vehicles are traveling safely. These organizations include the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA), the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

“We are sending a strong message that companies will face serious consequences when they do not make safety a top priority,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

Safe driving tips for motorists from the FMCSA:

-Never cut in front of a large truck. Heavy trucks take longer to stop than a small passenger vehicle. Cutting in front of one of these vehicles puts you at a serious risk for a rear-end accident.

-Always wear a seat belt. It has been proven in numerous studies that seat belts are one of the best forms of protection in any type of accident.

-Be aware of blind spots. Blind spots, or “no-zones,” on a truck are much larger than the blind spots that you and I have to deal with. Always make sure that you can see a truck driver. If you can’t see them, they can’t see you.

-Put away all distractions. You must be fully focused when driving near one of these vehicles. Pay attention to their signals and their maneuvers to avoid a serious accident.

-Never get between a truck and a curb when making a turn. Large trucks take turns much differently than passenger vehicles. Never turn on the inside of a truck and a curb. You could get stuck in a tight squeeze and potentially in an accident.