The Jacksonville area has its share of interstate traffic. Interstate 95 runs through Nassau, Duval, St. Johns, Flagler and Volusia Counties. Interstate 10 extends westward from Jacksonville and crosses through nearby Nassau, Baker, and Columbia counties. I-295 provides a beltway around metropolitan Jacksonville.
Unfortunately, many of our most tragic car and trucking accidents happen on these interstates. A common problem that results in accidents is congestion that causes traffic to slow or stop. With I-95 crossing through downtown Jacksonville, there is a lot of rush hour congestion. Further adding to the traffic concerns, the river crossing happens right where I-95 and I-10 merge. Making matters even more congested is that this part of I-95 and I-10 have been continuously under construction for the last decade.
The result is that there are many slow downs in traffic all along I-95 and I-10. Slow downs on interstates account for the most common type of accident we see, rear-end collisions. With high speed of interstate traffic, rear end collisions are often tragic. Just recently, a young woman was killed when she was rear-ended on I-95 in St. Johns, County, by an 18-wheeler that pushed her into the 18-wheeler in front of her.Seeking Compensation for Injuries Caused by an Interstate Accident
We are routinely hired by people injured in a car or trucking accident on Interstate 95, Interstate 295 and Interstate 10. A car crash lawyer who has significant experience handling these types of claims may make an important difference to the outcome of a settlement or trial. At The Lawrence Law Group, our Jacksonville interstate accident attorneys can help you understand your rights and seek the compensation that you deserve for your harm and losses.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles found that, in 2015, approximately 10 percent of all fatal car crashes in Florida took place on interstates. A few years ago, the Daily Beast analyzed five years of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to compile a list of the 100 deadliest highways in America. The report found that Florida had the most dangerous interstates. I-95 in Florida took the No. 1 spot with 1.73 fatal accidents per mile, while I-4 took the third spot with 1.58 fatal accidents per mile. Additionally, I-75 took the 15th spot on the list.
Injuries in interstate accidents may vary depending on the type of collision that occurred. For example, a vehicle’s speed, size, and position in the accident may all affect the nature of the injuries that result. Some common injuries that may result from interstate accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Neck injuries;
- Arm and leg injuries;
- Fractured bones;
- Soft tissue injuries; and
- Spinal cord injuries.
You are entitled to recover both economic and non-economic damages if a negligent driver caused the accident. Under Florida Statute 768.81, economic damages include medical costs involving any surgery, medications, or rehabilitation therapy, as well as lost income, future lost income, the cost to repair or replace any property damage, and any other out-of-pocket costs that arose from the accident. Non-economic damages include, among other losses, harms like pain and suffering, disfigurement, and disability.Contact an Interstate Accident Attorney in the Jacksonville Area
Interstate accidents may have serious and long-term consequences for everyone involved. If you or someone close to you has been injured in an interstate crash, it is important to hire a motor vehicle collision attorney who can assess the details of your case. At The Lawrence Law Group, we have many years of experience in all types of automobile accident cases. Our Jacksonville interstate accident lawyers represent people throughout Northeast Florida, including Duval, Clay, Nassau, Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, Baker, Brevard, Union, Columbia, Suwannee, Hamilton, Jefferson, Volusia, and Alachua Counties. Call 904-632-0077 or contact us online for a free appointment.