Farmer Jaffe attorney Gabe Zambrano represents Arturo Varona, who lost his ex-wife and three minor children in a tragic March 2015 accident involving a disabled trailer in western Palm Beach County, in a wrongful death lawsuit against the owner of the trailer and other related parties. Last night, Zambrano appeared on CBS 12 to discuss how the tragedy could have been avoided with the simple use of reflective tape.
Federal regulations require reflective tape to be used on all trailers manufactured on or after Dec. 1, 1993. CBS 12 reporter Michael Buczyner found that many trucks on South Florida’s highways either do not have reflective tape or have tape that is too dirty to be visible to other drivers.
CBS 12 reported that Florida Highway Patrol’s investigation of the Varona accident determined that the trailer was “not properly connected” to the truck and the reflective tape in the back the trailer was caked in dirt and “peeling off.”
The wrongful death case is pending in Palm Beach Circuit Court.
Farmer Jaffe’s Gabe Zambrano is a member of Plaintiff-only litigation groups dedicated to the investigation of cases involving trucks and other commercial vehicles, including the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA), as well as other private Plaintiff-only groups. He can be reached at [email protected] or at (954) 524-2820 during business hours on Eastern Standard Time.
Gabe is a regular contributor to our blog and has previously authored these posts on trucking and commercial motor vehicles: