One person died and another person was seriously injured in a head-on car accident on I-10 in Baker County, near Macclenny, Florida, this afternoon. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that the driver of a car westbound on the interstate crossed the median and struck a car travelling east head-on. It is unknown why the driver lost control of his vehicle.
The driver of the car that crossed the median was taken to a hospital in Macclenny. One other person was flown to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center.
Because this is a holiday weekend and the start of summer, the number of drivers on the roads, especially the interstates, will be higher than usual. Every year we see an increase in the number of serious car accidents during holidays. In an attempt to curb this problem, local and state law enforcement step up efforts to ticket speeders and often conduct DUI checkpoints.
Reports published by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reveal that Memorial Day weekend has one of the highest rates of auto accidents and fatal auto accidents. Surprisingly, it is comparable to New Year’s Eve. Drinking and driving is involved in a disproportionate number of Memorial weekend accidents.
Our advice is to always practice defensive driving, always wear your seatbelt and try to stay off the roads late at night.
If you have questions about an auto accident in the greater Jacksonville area, you can contact our Jacksonville lawyers for a free consultation.