An early morning crash in West Jacksonville sent six people to the hospital Tuesday, November 8. The Florida Times-Union reports that five cars collided at the intersection of Melson Avenue and West Beaver Street around 8 a.m. Altogether, two SUVs and three cars were involved in the collision, which blocked the eastbound lanes during the morning rush hour. A Mazda 626 had to have the roof cut off to free a person inside. Two children and two adults were in one car, though the story is not clear which, and were taken to Baptist Hospital. Two other adults were taken to Shands Jacksonville.
A Jacksonville Fire and Rescue spokesman said none of the injuries suffered by the four adults and two children were life-threatening.
Let’s pray that everyone recovers from this pileup. From the look of the pictures it appears the Mazda had its roof crushed in. It is amazing that no one was seriously injured or killed.
Florida Auto Accidents
This is one of the thousands of traffic crashes that occur in the state every year. In 2010, Florida saw 235,778 crashes a decline by 3.1% in the number of crashes from the year before. That means there is an average of 646 traffic accidents every day in our state.
What to Do If You Are In an Auto Accident
If you are involved in a collision, the first thing to do is dial 911 to report the accident and make sure to tell the dispatcher if there are any injuries. Do not become involved in a discussion with the other party and stand away from the vehicles. Leave the vehicles where they are unless they pose an immediate danger.
You may want to exchange information but do not discuss fault for the accident. Look around for any witnesses. Make sure you do not feel pain and seek medical attention even if you believe the injury is minor. Following an auto accident, those involved are frequently suffering some form of shock, so err on the side of caution.
The Jacksonville auto accident injury attorneys at Farah & Farah would advise you at this point not to give a statement to the insurance company for the other side as that would not be to your advantage. Call us for additional information at this crucial time at (800) 533-3555.