A fatal car accident the morning of September 18 claimed the life of a 63-year-old man in St. Johns County, according to officials from the Florida Highway Patrol. The crash shut down all lanes of Interstate 95 for more than an hour just before dawn.
Reports state that the driver was heading north on I-95 when he hit a guardrail, with his vehicle flipping over. A tractor-trailer then struck the vehicle, along with another car. The man driving this third vehicle was reportedly not seriously injured. Investigators are still not sure what caused the fatal wreck.
Although it does not appear that the truck driver was at fault for this accident, the fact remains that crashes involving large commercial vehicles are incredibly dangerous. There has been a surge in truck accidents over the past several years, and recent statistics show that there are as many as 11 fatal crashes every day in the United States. There were nearly 4,000 fatalities in tractor-trailer accidents in 2012, along with more than 104,000 injuries for those involved.
In addition, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimates that fatal truck crashes spiked by about 18 percent between 2009 and 2012 — although some of this may be tied to an increase in economic activity coming out of the Great Recession of 2008-2009. At the same time, however, fatal passenger vehicle crashes have actually been down.
After a car or truck accident, you may need to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. To learn more about your legal options, consult an experienced Jacksonville personal injury lawyer.
Attorney Mark Link contributed to this blog post.