Nice generalization there. Assuming all truck drivers are druggies and texters?
I75 is a mess in that area. My guess, based on the description of the force of the impact, is that he was traveling much too fast for conditions and was distracted. Normally on Florida interstates you can see brake lights a long way off because of the terrain.
There’s also this from the article ... “The drivers of the International semi and the Mercedes died at the scene. Their names have not been released because troopers were working to notify their families.”
Your best defense against this sort of thing is to leave a large gap between you and the vehicle in front of you. If traffic slows down, slow down as early as possible to maintain that gap. Do not drive right up to the car in front of you, because they leaves you nowhere to go when the semi-truck a thousand yards back decides not to stop.
I can hit my hazard lights without looking. You should learn the position of the hazards in your car and learn to hit them as easily as you flick the turn signal. As soon as you are 15 mph slower than the speed limit on any road, those hazard lights should be blinking.
The truck driver was texting? Shooting up? Where did ya get that? Maybe he was just traveling too fast for road conditions, wasn't paying attention and only had time to change lanes, which still left him now where to go, which still caused him to rear-end stopped vehicles in front of him.
Did you already get the coroners report?
Texting alone or nodding off could either do this
Lot of maniacs in Florida from teenagers in their rice burners to big rigs. The interstates there are so straight and flat one just feels the need to speed.
Great report - we have an International, a Chevy SUV, a Buick, a BMW, a Mercedes - what are we missing? The deaths are a shame.
In the fwiw department, exit 256 (to 56) to Land O Lakes off I75 sux.
If you can avoid it do so.