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Driver in Tow Truck Dies in Tragic Crash in Tampa, Florida (FL)


March 27, 2020

TAMPA, FL- Chronicleonline.com writes that a car crash killed a tow truck driver this week on Interstate 75. The crash took place close to Tampa when the victim was traveling close to the US 301 overpass. The truck collided with a disabled vehicle on the shoulder, causing the truck to roll down an embankment.*

The victim was ejected from the rolling truck. Reports indicate that the man died at the scene. People were still inside the disabled car at the time of the crash, but all survived. The investigation is still underway. 

The shoulder of the roadway is a dangerous place. According to experts, after a crash or breakdown, you should stay in your car if you are on a highway. Many people feel the need to exit their cars and examine the damage to their vehicle. This can be dangerous, though, as cars are passing the scene at high rates of speed. In many cases, a breakdown or minor collision leads to a deadly secondary crash when another driver strikes the victims or their vehicle. 

The features designed to protect you while riding in your car will be available to protect you when you are waiting for assistance as well. Getting out of the car, or even unbuckling your seatbelt, will leave you in a more perilous situation. While some people may believe that they can safely stand in front of their vehicles, this is not true either. If someone collides with the back of the car, then the vehicle may strike the motorists standing in front of the car. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about sixteen percent of pedestrians killed in crashes die on freeways. The numbers do not give details regarding how many of those victims were individuals who exited their cars. 

Accident News is a safety and education initiative from Montlick & Associates, designed to help people better understand and thereby avoid common accident causes.  To learn more about our injury prevention programs, including iridesafe.com - click here. We hope you are never in an accident, but if you or family member are injured, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com.

Sources:

https://www.chronicleonline.com/news/state/tow-truck-driver-tossed-from-truck-killed-after-hitting-car/article_41d1627d-12df-5f1b-bee1-184f5a1ae338.html

https://www.cars.com/articles/after-breakdown-or-accident-its-best-to-stay-in-your-car-1420663217827/


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