Semi-tractor Trailer Overturns On I-75 At Bradenton Injures 3

Florida Highway patrol reported an early morning accident on I-75 involving an overturned tractor-trailer that shut down the northbound lanes from shortly after 2:15 a.m. until they were reopened nearly six hours later at 8a.m.

The crash on the freeway took place in Bradenton about one mile south of the Sate Road 70  ramp in the northbound lanes when  the driver of a Freightliner tractor trailer, sixty one year old Donny Pannell, failed to maintain control of the truck.

The truck which was traveling at speed slid and rotated until it slammed into the concrete barrier on the west side of the highway. After smashing into the barrier it swerved back in the other direction, crossed all lanes of traffic again and crashed into the barrier on the east side of the highway, which caused the tractor-trailer to roll over onto it’s side blocking the northbound lanes.

Additionally, the truck was being followed by German Rodriguez, a 44-year old from Palmetto. When the Freighliner began to crash, Rodriguez attempted to stop from hitting the trailer but the was unable to avoid crashing into the trailer with his Chevy SIlverado.

Both the passenger in the Silverado and Rodriguez sustained minor injuries in the crash. Pannell , the driver of the semi also sustained minor injuries in the crash.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was cited for careless driving and the driver of the SIlverado was cited for driving without a license.

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Bernie Walsh

Education Bernard F. Walsh graduated from the University of South Florida before receiving his law degree from Cumberland School of Law in 1978. During law school, he was selected to serve as a research clerk and intern for a Federal Judge and the U.S. Attorney's Office. He was awarded The National Book Awards for Constitutional Law and Professional Responsibility during law school. Experience Bernard Walsh devoted the next three years to trial work for the State of Florida. This provided him with the opportunity to concentrate on his trial abilities, with numerous high profile trials concerning serious felony crimes. Since 1982, he has exclusively practiced personal injury law and helped accident victims in and beyond Sarasota and Manatee Counties in Florida. Mr. Walsh has been listed in Avvo, an attorney rating site, as Superb. LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell, an attorneys rating publication, has rated Mr. Walsh as very high legal ability and ethical standards. Mr. Walsh is listed in National Trial Lawyers Association as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and was inducted into Southern Trial Lawyers Association. He has also won the largest playground recoveries, one of the top three motorcycle recoveries, and the second largest daycare center recovery in the State of Florida. He is also a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum is a group of attorneys who have achieved career case successes that include multi-million dollar recoveries, settlements and/or verdicts.