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Car wrecks involving a large vehicle, such as a tractor trailer, that can cause catastrophic and even fatal injuries to the occupants of the smaller vehicle involved.

Recently four people suffered serious injuries after the sport utility vehicle they were occupying collided with a tractor trailer near the Acreage at around 10 a.m. The preliminary investigation revealed that the tractor trailer was traveling west on Northlake Boulevard near Palm Beach Gardens when it collided with a northbound SUV running the stop sign at the intersection of Hall. The impact pushed the SUV off the road, causing serious damage to the SUV’s driver side. The female SUV driver, her 2 children, and the driver of the tractor trailer all suffered traumatic injuries and were taken to hospitals for serious injuries.

Because commercial vehicle accidents can be devastating, people operating commercial trucks and their employers are subjects to heavy regulations. Such regulations require truck drivers to take regular breaks and undergo special training before they are allowed to operate commercial vehicles. Reports said the SUV driver ran a red light, but the investigation does not stop there.

When commercial trucks are involved in a wreck, authorities will conduct a thorough inspection to determine if the truck driver or the trucking company has violated federal laws or any traffic laws. Various factors such as fatigue driving, negligent hiring, poor vehicle maintenance, distracted driving, and drunk driving are taken into consideration during the investigation.