Driver Killed in Head-On Collision with Semi in Hernando County

A 33-year-old Wesley Chapel man was killed early Friday in a head-on crash with an 18-wheeler in Hernando County.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the Wesley Chapel man was killed when his 2006 Honda Civic collided head-on with a semi truck just after midnight on State Road 50 near Ridge Manor.  

Troopers believe the man was traveling west on State Road 50 just west of Richloam Clay Sink Road when his Honda drifted into the eastbound lane and collided with a semi-truck.

The Wesley Chapel man died at the scene.

The driver of the semi, a 50-year-old man, suffered serious injuries and was transported to Dade City Hospital.

The crash is currently under investigation.

A head-on collision with a negligent semi truck driver usually involves one or more of the following:

  • Driver fatigue.
  • Speeding or driving too fast for the conditions.
  • Distraction, such as talking on a cell phone, texting, eating, looking for something, talking to a passenger, etc.

Commercial truck drivers have more laws to follow than drivers regular passenger vehicles due to the fact that there are state and federal regulations that govern commercial transportation. These regulations have specific requirements regarding the hours a semi driver can drive, the weight of the load, the size of the vehicle and many other aspects of commercial transportation.

If you are the family member of a loved one who died in a semi-truck accident, you know exactly how your family’s life can change in an instant. At Whittel & Melton, our Hernando County Truck Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help your family cope with the  legal and financial issues involved in a fatal tractor trailer accident.

For a free consultation to discuss your case, call us at 352-666-2121 or contact us online.

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