In Jacksonville and North Florida, there are a number of bridges (large and small) that connect commuters to various areas over and beyond major waterways like the St. Johns River and the Intercoastal. Once such bridge is the Buckman Bridge. Construction began on the Buckman Bridge in 1964 and the Buckman Bridge was completed in 1970. The bridge spans over 16,000 square feet and connects the areas of Mandarin – San Jose (Duval County) to Orange Park (Clay County).
While driving upon any large bridge, there are many safety issues and problems that can arise. Traffic, congestion, and visibility can be factors that lead to crashes. Another problem inherent in bridge traffic is the inability to pull off the roadway to safety when there is a vehicle approaching that is about to cause a rear end accident. Tragically, there are crashes upon North Florida bridges that lead to serious personal injuries and even death. One such crash that took place on March 2, 2015 had the effect of shutting down a major part of Jacksonville / Orange Park traffic because the Buckman Bridge was closed to manage and investigate the crash scene.
Action News and other media outlets reported that a semi-tractor trailer crashed into a SUV just before 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon. It was reported that the driver of the large commercial tractor trailer noticed that traffic was slowing but was unable to bring his truck to a stop. This, in turn, led to a rear end type of crash. Thereafer, the SUV caught on fire and 4 occupants of this SUV died at the crash scene. It was reported that the 4 crash victims included 2 adults and 2 children. A second SUV was also involved in this Florida Automobile Accident. The 3 occupants of this vehicle were later treated at a local hospital for non life threatening personal injuries. You can read more about this Buckman Bridge crash at 4 Dead and 3 Injured in Buckman Bridge Fiery Crash.
In the State of Florida, there are automobile accidents every day in most every community. Many such automobile accidents can be prevented with slower driving, safer driving, and less distracted driving. Some accidents are caused, in part, by bad weather. During rainy days in a State of Florida, there tends to be more accidents. This is because driving a motor vehicle in the rain can be more difficult, visibility may be affected, and an the ability to brake may be affected by the slick roads. Some accidents are single vehicle accidents caused by vehicle going out of control when it hits a puddle. Other accidents may occur when the brakes fail due to the slick roads.
As a Florida Child Injury Lawyer, I am often asked if weather is a legal defense to causing or contributing to an automobile accident. There is no simple answer to this question. Each case must be evaluated on its own facts and circumstances. If the accid
Is Bad Weather a Legal Defense to an Automobile Accident Case in the State of Florida?
What is the statute of limitations for a child injury claim in the State of Florida? In Florida the statute of limitations is a term used to describe the time limit for the filing a lawsuit for particular action. Section 95.011 of the Florida statute sets forth the statute of limitations or time limits for claims or cases in the State of Florida. Under Section 95.011, the following time limits apply to cases or causes of action involving injured children:
3) WITHIN FOUR YEARS.—
(a) An action founded on negligence.
A 7-year-old girl escaped serious injury last week when a full-sized pickup truck suddenly crashed into her house. The truck was headed down the 500 block of Clermont Drive West when the driver encountered a problem, which resulted in the loss of control over the vehicle. The passenger grabbed the steering wheel and attempted to remove the driver’s foot from the gas pedal but was unable to maintain control. According to the Clay County Fire Rescue Chief, the truck made a big loop and went through a fence of another home before it crashed into the room of the house with the little girl. No one else was present in the room when the truck accident occurred. Family members pulled the little girl out from under the truck where she was surrounded by a pile of debris caused by the accident.
The unidentified girl and truck driver were taken to Orange Park Medical Center for treatment but no condition report has been released. The home suffered structural damage, but the county’s Technical Rescue Team were able to stabilize the ceiling and roof.
An automobile collision involving a child can be especially traumatic for all parties involved. Drivers of automobiles should pay special attention when driving in neighborhoods with children and also make sure their vehicles are functioning properly. For more information on this topic, see Child ends up under truck that crashes into Orange Park home
In Florida, pick up trucks are found in every community – big, small, and in between. Many teen drivers are provided pick up trucks for transportation. Unfortunately, pick up trucks are often loaded up beyond capacity with unrestrained riders or passengers in the back of the truck. An accident involving a pick up truck with passengers in the bed can lead to catastrophic consequences. It was reported that a pick up truck accident crashed near Naples, Florida on Interstate 75 in the area near Mile Marker 92. The accident took place at approximately 8:30 p.m.
It was reported that the Dodge pick up truck went up on an unpaved median and then the driver overcorrected which, in turn, caused the truck to overturn. Some of the passengers, as a result of the impact and overturning, were thrown onto the pavement. The only occupant of the vehicle wearing a seat belt was the driver – Nickolas Wagy.
The driver, identified as Nickolas Wagy, 18, of Weston, suffered minor injuries. According to the report, he was the only one wearing a seatbelt. It was reported that 2 died in the pick up truck accident and 3 were injured. See Fellow Weston students mourn, pray for 2 Killed, 3 Injured in Alligator Alley Crash
The U.S. News & World Report released a state-by-state study on America’s Worst Drivers.
Florida ranked 43rd. While Idaho ranked #1, New Jersey bowed out as last year’s worst, making way for New York. GMAC Insurance’s 2009 National Drivers Test tested 5,000 drivers in each state, evaluating their basic knowledge of driving laws. Alarmingly, over 20% of America’s drivers could not pass the written driver’s test. That’s about 41 million drivers from sea to shining sea who don’t know the meaning of a yellow light or how to calculate a safe following distance.
The study shows a direct correlation between increasing age and improved test scores. In other words, there’s a reason why your teenager’s insurance premiums are through the roof.
The Panama City News Herald Website reported that a school bus and semi truck were involved in an automobile accident. A child suffered a minor head injury. The semi truck driver also suffered injuries.
During the school year, there are a great number of school buses on Florida roads. It is important for school bus drivers to exercise due caution and to drive in a safe manner. For those driving near school buses, slow down and give school buses plenty of space on Florida roadways. It is also especially important to stop when required to allow students to load and unload from the school bus.
Despite the dangers of serious personal injury and death, people continue to ride in the back of pick up trucks in Florida and other States. In Jacksonville, Florida a pregnant women recently was killed in a pick up truck accident. Virginia Nicole Liming, age 19, was riding in the back of a pick up truck at the time of the crash. The force of the crash caused her to be ejected. Virginia was 7 months pregnant at the time of of truck accident. Both Virginia and the unborn child she was carrying died as a result of this accident. This truly is a tragic end to a young woman’s life as well as her child.
Of course, Virginia was not at fault for the truck accident itself. She was not driving. As such, she cannot be blamed for the truck accident taking place. Safer driving by the truck driver may have prevented the truck accident.
Another tragic accident involving a pick up truck also resulted in death in Jacksonville, Florida. The driver in this prior pick up truck accident was recently charged with vehicular homicide. (See Pick Up Truck Driver Charged with Crime for Deaths of Passengers in Pick Up Truck). Pick up truck accidents are especially dangerous to passengers riding in the back of the pick up trucks without restraints or other protective devices in place. The risks of ejection form the pick up truck bed are especially high. These risks often times result in serious personal injuries including head / brain injury and death.
In Jacksonville (Bartram Park Boulevard), Florida, a tragic pick up truck accident took place on July 27, 2009. The driver (Joel David Stauder), age 19, was recently arrested and released on bail. Investigators / law enforcement officers determined that the deaths resulted, in part, from the fact that the occupants were unsecured in the bed of the pick up truck.
It is common to have people including children travel in the back of pick up trucks in Florida and other States. While it is quite common, it is also very dangerous. This is evident when there is a pick up truck crash with associated injuries and deaths. Passengers are at serious risk for personal injuries including head injuries and fractures when there is an accident.
You can read more about the arrest of Joel David Strauder at Driver Arrested for Pick Up Truck Crash.