A major Jacksonville highway was shut down because of a fiery, fatal crash between a tractor-trailer and an SUV. According to an ABC News report, the fatal Jacksonville truck accident occurred on the Buckman Bridge segment of Interstate 295 south of Jacksonville. Officials say a tractor-trailer slammed into the SUV from behind resulting in the death of two adults and two children inside the smaller vehicle. Another SUV was damaged in the crash as well resulting in injuries to three of the occupants. The driver of the truck survived the crash.
A number of the most violent and tragic Jacksonville car accidents involve tractor-trailers. They are so large, heavy and powerful that they are capable of crushing smaller vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 3,921 people killed and about 104,000 injured in traffic accidents involving large trucks in the year 2012. In those fatal crashes, 73 percent of the victims were occupants of other vehicles and 10 percent were non-occupants, such as pedestrians and bicyclists. Over five percent of the fatal truck accidents that year occurred in Florida. In fact, Florida was second only to California for the number of injury accidents involving large trucks.
If you are one of the many Florida residents who has lost a loved one in a fatal Jacksonville truck accident, do not hesitate to research your rights and options. It is possible to hold truck drivers and trucking companies financially responsible for their actions.
With the help of a Jacksonville car accident attorney, you may be able to receive financial compensation for losses, such as lost future wages, medical bills, funeral expenses, loss of companionship, pain and suffering and other related damages. No amount of money can adequately compensate you for the loss of your loved one, but a fair settlement could help you recover financially in your time of need.