On Wednesday, June 22, First Coast News reported that a 43-year-old man died from a crash near Normandy Acres on the westside of Jacksonville when his 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck left the road between U.S. Route 301 and Normandy Boulevard. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, the man was driving west when he drifted onto the shoulder and lost control, driving over an embankment where the pickup rolled over. The man died at the scene and a 9-month old girl in the truck was taken to Shands Jacksonville for treatment. The article does not say whether she was in a car seat and how badly injured she was, although in a 1997 pickup truck she had to be in the front seat next to the driver.
Our condolences go out to the friends and family members of this man. Let’s pray the little girl was not badly injured and pulls through.
Duval County had 14,102 crashes in the county in 2009 with 1,166 alcohol-related, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Additionally, there were 114 fatalities and 10,468 injuries resulting from traffic accidents that same year, according to the statistics.
There can be many causes of auto accidents sometimes having to do with driver error, but in an older model car there may be components of the vehicle that are defective and fail to keep the occupant safe. Additionally, a roadway will need to be analyzed to see if it possesses any inherent flaws that make it dangerous for motorists. The Jacksonville car accident lawyers at Farah & Farah understand the investigation that must take place to identify the at-fault party and find you the compensation you deserve following a car crash in Florida. Call our law offices so we can get started on your case now.
Sources: http://www.firstcoastnews.com/topstories/article/208376/3/One-Dead-One-Injured-in-Westside-Crash?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|t and http://www.flhsmv.gov/hsmvdocs/CS2009.pdf