A three vehicle accident occurred last night in Jacksonville. An SUV struck the fuel tank of a tractor trailer on U.S. 1 as the SUV was attempting to merge onto U.S. 1 off of I-295. The semi-truck burst into flames, struck another vehicle, struck a concrete barrrier, overturned, slid down an embankment and landed in a pond.
Unbeleivably, the driver of the truck was taken to Shands Jacksonville without serious injuries. The driver of the vehicle struck by the truck suffered non-life threatening personal injuries and was also taken to Shands Jacksonville. All three drivers were wearing seatbelts.
Given the severity of this vehicle crash, it seems that the use of seatbelts may have prevented a tragic result. Seatbelt use in Florida is not only required by law, but now drivers can be stopped by authorities for not wearing a seatbelt. Previously, drivers could only be written a citiation for failing to wear a seatbelt if they were pulled over for another violation.
If you have any questions about a car or truck accident, please contact our Jacksonville accident lawyers for a free consultation.