You’re driving down the road and suddenly something flies off the truck giving you a split second to avoid hitting it.That’s what happened Monday afternoon in a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 295.
One vehicle was heading north when it failed to avoid hitting a ladder in the roadway. It then veered toward and across the median near Duval Road, striking two cars, one of them head-on. The driver, a 30-year-old man, was taken to Shands Hospital and is in critical condition. Our thoughts and prayers are with this injured man and his family.
It takes less than five minutes to strap down and double check a ladder, but for this man, it may take a lifetime for him to recover from his injuries. As is the case for any auto accident victim, this man and his family may want to consult with an auto accident lawyer in Jacksonville to see if they qualify to obtain the compensation they may need to help pay for expenses brought on by the accident.
A very similar incident occurred on the Buckman Bridge several years ago when a ladder fell from a truck causing a collision that left one person dead. In that case, a wrongful death lawsuit was filed against the owner of the vehicle that failed to secure the ladder properly.
It is not uncommon to see debris on our roadways – everything from furniture to construction to garbage. This is almost always due to a failure to properly secure loads on flat-bed or pickup trucks. It can cause you to take evasive action or even smash through a windshield or flatten tires.
Nationally, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found that there were 25,217 crashes in the United States directly related to road debris. Of those crashes, 8,012 involved injury to the occupants and 76 were fatal.
Florida, with 17 deaths, came in second only to Texas, with 33 debris-caused deaths. Swerving to avoid articles caused many of the fatal crashes, AAA found.
As a careful driver, slow down near loaded trucks. And the Florida Highway Patrol encourages motorists to call in any debris on the road so troopers can remove it.