In 2012, more than 100,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving large commercial trucks. Of those injured, 73% were occupants of other vehicles, showing just how damaging a truck’s impact can be on the average motor vehicle. This heightened danger is caused by the size and sheer weight of large commercial trucks. Compared to car-versus-car crashes, truck-versus-car crashes tend to produce far more serious personal injuries and a greater chance of death.
Seventeen-year-old Liza Angulo was killed in a tragic truck accident along Interstate 75 near Pines Boulevard in Miami, Florida. She had been driving in her new BMW, a graduation gift from her parents. Angulo was preparing to start college in the fall when the deadly crash stole her young life. According to Miami CBS Local News, the crash involved two tractor trailers, another vehicle and a heavy cargo load of concrete barricades. That crash caused the barricades to fall atop Angulo’s vehicle, killing her upon impact.
Angulo’s parents have filed a lawsuit against one of the truck drivers and his trucking company, Double B Line trucking, alleging the driver acted carelessly causing the death of their daughter. In addition, the parents have named Ranger Construction in the lawsuit. Ranger Construction was in charge of roadwork on Interstate 75. Although road crews were doing work, the lanes were not blocked off. The truck owned by Double B Line slowly emerged on the highway at a dangerously slow speed of four miles per hour. This caused a chain reaction crash that eventually caused the death of Angulo.