Late last night, a teenage girl was killed in an auto accident in Starke. Starke is located in Bradford County, Florida, about thirty minutes southwest of Jacksonville.
Four people were in a pickup truck driviing near the intersection of State Road 200 and County Road 225. The driver of the truck lost control, the truck left the roadway and flipped multiple times.
Two of the four people in the truck were thrown from the vehicle as it flipped. Unfortunately, no one was wearing a seatbelt. Two other passengers received personal injuries and were taken to Shands Hospital in Starke.
One of the greatest dangers in not wearing a seatbelt occurs when a vehicle rolls over. The inertia of a human body in a spinning vehicle propels a person into the interior of the vehicle. If windows are down the person is easily ejected. The force can also propel a person through a closed window.
Severe personal injuries and death from a rollover collision are very common, especially when someone is thrown from the vehicle. When a person is thrown from a vehicle, they suffer injures from: striking the inside of the vehicle; being thrown from the vehicle; striking the ground, trees or other objects after being ejected; and being hit by the vehicle itself.
This is just too common. Seatbelts are required by the law for a good reason: they save lives. If a person suffers personal injuries or wrongful death in a car accidnet and was not wearing his or her seatbelt, Florida law provides that any right to recovery will be reduced to only those injuries the person would have received if he or she was wearing a seatbelt.
If you have any questions about a car crash or rollover accident, please contact our Northeast Florida car accident attorneys. We handle cases throughout Northeast Florida including the following counties: Duval, Clay, Nassau, St. Johns, Bradford, Flagler, Union, Columbia, Baker, Alachua and Putnam. If we accept your case, you pay us nothing unless we make a financial recovery for you.