The family of Richard Randolph are mourning their untimely loss of his
life this week, following a tragedy on an I-95 overpass in Boca Raton
in which the 69-year-old tow truck worker fell to his death while on the job.
The job he was cleaning up was caused by a commercial semi-truck owned
by JJR Transport & Logistics, operated by driver Adrian Figueredo
of Miami, Florida. Figueredo intended to enter the highway at the Congress
Ave overpass in Boca Raton, when he overshot the entrance, swerved, and
crashed the semi-truck into the barrier, causing it to hover slightly
over the southbound I-95 lane.
Mr. Randolph was called to the scene by his employer, Emerald Towing. He
was a revered veteran in the tow truck community. Mr. Randolph and his
wife, Judy, were looking forward to a looming retirement date. They undoubtedly
had grand plans for the future that were cut short on the morning of April 12th, 2017, when Figueredo crashed his semi.
Sadly, Mr. Randolph fell to his death while doing his job trying to right
the leaning truck.
This Congress and I-95 overpass in Boca Raton is extremely dangerous
Statistics show that the Congress Ave and I-95 overpass in Boca Raton could
be the most dangerous exit and entrance ramp in South Florida, with more
than 150 crashes there since 2011. Three fatalities have occurred as a
result of those crashes, and more than half resulting in injuries, according to a
Palm Beach Post report.
According to news reports, at least five of those crashes have occurred
there in the last year, the most recent crash before the incident involve
Mr. Rudolph happening just two weeks prior.
Why is this overpass so dangerous? According to semi-truck drivers who
have crashed in the area, the entrance ramp to I-95 southbound is easy
to miss. The southbound exit is similarly difficult to navigate, with
many drivers making the mistake of turning left towards a retainer wall,
instead of merging right off the ramp. If you miss the entrance, the end
of the ramp and a steep drop-off is just about a hundred yards away.
However, Florida Highway Patrol insists that the common culprit is truck
drivers either driving too fast or not paying attention, or both.
In the case of Figueredo, FHP has charged him with a crime in connection
with the wreck that led to Mr. Rudolph’s death: exceeding the maximum
number of hours a commercial truck driver can operate his or her vehicle.
Who is responsible for the death of Mr. Rudolph, and why a wrongful death
lawsuit should be filed
This is a situation in which Mr. Rudolph’s death was completely and
utterly avoidable. That’s because had Figueredo not broken the law
by driving for too many consecutive hours, he could have been more attentive
while he was behind the wheel at the time of the wreck.
Signs and markers are posted along the ramps, directing traffic onto the
southbound entrance ramp – it seems Figueredo was driving too fast,
and possibly exhausted, or at the very least, inattentive.
The crash caused by Figueredo brought Mr. Rudolph to the scene. While we
don’t know exactly why Mr. Rudolph fell (that will be determined
by OSHA), we do know that he was an experienced and seasoned professional.
His death was the result of mitigating, negligent factors.
The family should consider hiring a personal injury law firm with experience
handling serious wrongful death claims, such as our firm. We handled the
wrongful death suit in the 2014 death of a tow truck driver in Jacksonville,
Florida, in which we obtained a $6,500,000 settlement on behalf of his
Read about our case results here.
If you or someone you know has died as the result of another’s negligent
semi-truck crash, please contact our law firm today for an immediate,
private, and free consultation with Mr. Craig Goldenfarb, Esq.