Eight people were injured Saturday afternoon, January 16, 2010, when three cars collided. The Florida Highway Patrol says a white pickup truck was traveling southbound on I-295 in Jacksonville, when it lost control. An 18-wheeler hit the truck and went into the median, spinning out of control and hitting a Cadillac that was traveling north. A van carrying eight people traveling northbound had to overcorrect to avoid hitting the collision and overturned in the median. It is reported by First Coast News that all of the injuries are non-life threatening. The injured have been taken to various hospitals.
We are very hopeful that those in the van were not seriously injured and thankful that there were no fatalities or serious injuries reported.
Large trucks, also known as tractor-trailers and semis, or eighteen-wheelers, make up only about 3% of the vehicles on the road. However, they account for far more traffic fatalities.
National statistics point to poor driver training, driver fatigue, speeding, overloaded and oversized trucks, brake failure, and poor driving conditions, the inexperience of the driver and a failure to yield the right-of-way, as a cause of trucking accidents.
But in fairness, those who drive 18-wheelers or big-rigs often complain that it is people driving in vehicles that cause accidents with big-rigs.
According to a 2002 study by the American Association of Automobiles, 80 percent of fatal truck-involved crashes are caused by passenger vehicles. A 2006 Virginia Tech analysis of two studies conducted for the Department of Transportation found that 78 percent of crashes were caused by passenger car drivers.
Liability Issues in Accidents
In any accident where cars and large trucks are involved, the fault of course, may lie with either the car driver or the truck driver, or in some cases, both. Ultimately, the truck driver and his company could be held liable for the accident and injuries if they are found to be at fault. In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased car accident victims may be able to file wrongful death claims seeking compensation for funeral expenses, loss of earnings and other related damages.
In such cases, it would be in the best interests of victims’ families to contact an experienced personal injury attorney in Jacksonville who can make sure that they receive fair compensation for their injuries and losses. At the very least, consult with an attorney before talking to insurance adjusters. Insurance adjusters are typically not your good neighbor and do not have your back when it comes to signing any agreements or settlements.