Highway 301 in North Florida was closed in both directions, according to a story, for more than three hours Friday morning after a three-car wreck took one driver’s life. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 76-year-old woman of Callahan was driving south on Highway 301 in Nassau County and was trying to make a left turn across the highway to enter her driveway. While slowing down, she was struck from behind by a Toyota sports car being driven by a 21-year-old man of Hilliard. The Toyota bumped the woman’s Buick into the path of a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer.
The decedent’s car was pushed off the road and into the woods. She was wearing her seat belt but the car was a tangled mass of metal and she sadly died upon impact after the auto accident in Florida.
Our hearts go out to out to the family of this woman who was loved in the community and well-respected. She was just trying to pull into her driveway as she had done so many times over the years she lived in Callahan. The young driver, who suffered a minor injury, will have to live with this for the rest of his life as will the big-rig driver, who apparently could not stop his tractor- trailer in time.
The FHP says charges are pending after an investigation is complete.
Normally if you are injured by a tractor trailer in a Florida truck accident, the driver is liable for your injuries and the company they were driving for might be liable as well. In these cases, it is important to have an accident attorney determine the ownership of the vehicles involved, the number of hours the driver was on the road, and whether he had a CDL or commercial driver’s license.
However in this case, the FHP will also determine the degree of fault of the Toyota driver and whether there was alcohol or drugs involved, or whether he was distracted by using a cell phone or texting. A vehicular homicide conviction can bring up to 15 years in prison.
One of the biggest causes of accidents in Florida is distracted drivers.
Ironically, a new billboard campaign, “Death by Cell Phone,” was launched last week in 67 markets nationwide intending to reach more than one million people a day. It is sponsored by Nationwide Insurance Co. and Lamar Advertising and features a 61-year-old woman from Oklahoma and a 12-year-old boy from Michigan, who both died in car crashes caused by drivers using cell phones.
The National Safety Council is calling on a nationwide ban on all forms of cell phone use, talking and texting while driving. Even though talking on a cell phone while driving is legal in Florida, it can change your life and the lives of others forever and is just not worth the convenience.
If you believe a distracted driver caused an auto accident in which you were involved and injured, you may be able to seek financial compensation for medical bills, treatment, therapy, and loss of wages. Contact the experienced Jacksonville car accident attorneys at Farah and Farah today for a free consultation and evaluation of your case.