Three young children were injured, including one critically, after a pickup truck reportedly ran through a red light and crashed into a minivan in late September. According to police, the accident, which occurred on Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville, resulted in the three children who were riding in the minivan being taken to the local hospital for emergency treatment.
The 24-year-old driver of the pickup truck suffered only minor injuries, and it was unclear if alcohol or speed were contributing factors.
Negligent driving occurs when motorists fails to obey traffic laws or engages in distracted driving, such as texting, talking on a cell phone or taking their eyes off the road for long periods of time. After an accident caused by negligent driving, it may be necessary to seek damages to cover the expenses and suffering that results from serious injuries.
To prove negligence in a car crash, the following elements must have been present:
- The driver must have had a reasonable duty of care to act responsibly while operating a motor vehicle. This exists for all motorists on Florida’s roads and highways.
- The at-fault party violated the duty of care through his or her actions. In the recent Jacksonville accident, the driver allegedly failed to stop at a red light.
- Damages must have occurred to the injured party, and those damages must be the result of the accident in question. In some personal injury lawsuits, defendants argue that the injuries the plaintiff suffered did not actually stem from the crash.
It’s important for all drivers to take proper care to operate their vehicles in a safe and responsible manner. After an auto accident in the Jacksonville area, it might be necessary to work with an attorney at Combs Greene, PA to potentially seek compensation from liable parties.
Attorney Shane Herbert also contributed to this blog post.