Accident in Palm Bay Involving Semi Truck Leaves One Driver Dead and Passenger Severely Injured
By Space Coast Daily // March 21, 2019
Vehicular accidents are always a nasty business. And while it’s true that cars and other vehicles have drastically made the prospect of traveling much more achievable, there exists a new danger to both drivers as well as pedestrians.
Vehicular accidents have been the cause of many deaths throughout the years and it does not seem like that is about to change any time soon.
And while car accidents are awful enough on their own, the fact that we have bigger vehicles that share the road makes matters even worse. It is for this reason that only professional drivers are allowed to drive trucks.
But, even so, while truck drivers are trained to avoid accidents, sometimes it isn’t by their error or lack of awareness that accidents happen. Sometimes, it is through that of the other drivers that accidents occur.
It is for this reason that the professionals at https://www.dsslaw.com/truck-accident-attorney/ have received specialized training that allows them to help bring justice where justice is due.
Sadly, this news is not different from the rest of these stories. A Palm Bay man was killed on February 5, 2019, at around 4:30 in the morning as he was driving along the U.S. 192, west of I-95.
During that hour, a semi-truck was also hauling chicken, near the interchange of I-95.
The Palm Bay man, identified as Manuel Garcia, 22, was driving eastbound on U.S. 192. Garcia was driving a 2006 Nissan Altima.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when the Nissan Altima, for reasons yet to be determined, failed to reduce speed as it approached the slow-moving semi-truck. The Nissan Altima then rear-ended the semi-truck.
Up to 28 percent of all car crash incidents have been found to be a result of rear-end collisions.
Garcia was pronounced dead at the scene while the truck driver was reported to have sustained minor injuries.
Austin Flinchum, who was the passenger that was riding with Garcia, suffered critical injuries and was transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Florida.
Both Garcia and Flinchum were wearing their seatbelts at the time of impact.
The semi truck driver could possibly have suffered a whiplash injury as a result of the impact. The injury is sustained when the body is suddenly jerked forward and the head and neck rapidly whip back and forth. This violent motion causes muscle, ligament and nerve damage.
The danger with rear-end collisions is that victims often do not realize that they have sustained an injury.
The symptoms of whiplash and other similar injuries may be delayed, such that it may take some time for the victim to feel any pain or stiffness. It is for this reason that even when car crash victims seem fine, they are still encouraged to have a physician assess them. Some rear-end collisions are so severe that they may even cause death.
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