Posted on Jan 11, 2012
The investigation has so far not been able to uncover why Trenton Turner lost control of his vehicle last Tuesday at about 9:30 p.m. Traveling southbound in the right-hand lane on Interstate 95, near State Road 40, Turner’s pickup truck started skidding on the wet pavement.
According to Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Kim Montes, the out-of-control Toyota truck slid across the highway’s three lanes and struck the median guardrail. Bouncing back, the pickup cut across the path of a southbound tractor-trailer. The semi-truck was in the center lane when the front end of Turner’s Toyota hit its left side.
Turner was pronounced dead at the scene. The tractor-trailer driver, Luis Rivera, of Tampa, was unhurt.
The attorneys of Johnson & Gilbert send their heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Trenton Turner.
This tragic Florida accident reminds all Central Florida motorists how easily one can lose control of a vehicle in rainy weather. The coefficient of friction (COF) is what determines the grip of tires on the pavement. On a dry road good tires should have a COF of 0.7, the COF drops to 0.4 on a wet surface. In other words, when riding on a wet road drivers should be aware that they lose close to 43% of their tire traction and should reduce their speed accordingly.

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