A man was killed in an accident involving a semi-truck and a motorcycle in Jacksonville the evening of Sunday, May 8.
The crash resulted in temporary shutdowns of the southbound section of Interstate 95 close to where it intersects with Interstate 295 on the north side of the city. The Florida Highway Patrol and the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department responded to the accident after receiving 911 calls.
Unfortunately, the motorcyclist, a 28-year-old man, died from his injuries at the scene of the crash. He reportedly lost control of his bike and hit the concrete barrier wall alongside the highway. According to the FHP, a tractor trailer then struck the man and fled the scene of the accident. A third tractor trailer, which might also have hit the man, stopped and stayed at the scene and cooperated with officers.
Hit and run is a serious issue
Although the initial information the Florida Highway Patrol provided would indicate the motorcyclist was responsible for the crash, it’s still illegal for anyone involved in an auto accident to leave the scene without stopping. In fact, doing so could lead to serious criminal charges and consequences that include fines and jail time if convicted.
Beyond that, leaving the scene of a crash leaves injury victims in a tough predicament, as they are unable to seek compensation from the at-fault driver and his or her insurance company. For these reasons, law enforcement agencies take hit-and-run accidents very seriously.
For more information on taking legal action after a motorcycle crash or hit-and-run accident, speak with a trusted Jacksonville personal injury lawyer at Combs Greene, PA.
Attorney Mark Link contributed to this blog post.