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Lane change cited as cause for highway crash

Drivers in Ohio have likely been warned about the dangers of accidents involving large trucks. Florida authorities say that a fatal collision on Interstate 75 near Gainesville was caused by a truck driver who moved out of the right lane. While doing so, the truck collided with a 2007 Honda, which sent both vehicles through a median and into southbound lanes of traffic.

The larger truck then collided with a Chevrolet van before hitting another commercial vehicle, which resulted in a truck fire. There were 12 people inside of the van, and authorities say that some of the occupants were ejected from it. The van also flipped over several times as a result of the collision. The incident resulted in the deaths of seven people including five children in the van and the drivers of both commercial trucks. Authorities aren't sure why the truck driver made the lane change, but alcohol was reportedly not a factor in the crash.

The Florida Highway Patrol also said that they didn't know why the truck driver made the initial lane change that resulted in the string of collisions. Furthermore, it was unclear whether any of the passengers in the van were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. An investigation is expected to take several months to complete.

If truck driver fatigue, impairment or lack of skill causes an accident, that driver may be liable for damages victims incur. People in other vehicles who have been injured in such a crash might want to meet with an attorney to see what their options are for seeking compensation from the at-fault party.

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