A vehicle traveling west on Valley Forge Road near the intersection with Edgewood Avenue in Jacksonville struck a sign and a telephone poll and went airborne. All three occupants were ejected from the vehicle.
A woman died in the single vehicle accident and the other two people, including a baby, were hospitalized with personal injuries. The woman was pronounced dead at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center. Police are still investigating the cause of the accident. Thick fog may have played a role.
Car accidents such as this are all too frequent in Jacksonville. Whether any of the ejected occupants were wearing a seatbelt is unknown. It is also unkown if the baby was properly restrained in an infant car seat. It is very common for unrestrained occupants to be ejected from a vehicle if it flips or becomes airborne, often throwing occupants through closed windows. Obviously serious personal injury or wrongful death can result from being ejected.
Seatbelts are not only legally required to be worn in Florida, they can prevent ejection in rollover accidents and can prevent the resulting devastating injuries.
If you have any questions about a rollover accident or any other type of auto accident, please contact our Jacksonville accident attorneys for a free consultation.