Back-to-Back Florida Car Crashes on I-95 Claim at Least Six Lives

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Florida car crashes can take a great emotional, mental, and physical toll on the people they affect. Two such accidents claimed the lives of six people in the southbound lanes of I-95 in St. Johns County. The two Florida car crashes took place just a few hours apart on May 31st, 2014; one at 5:30 PM and the other at 7:40 PM.

The 5:30 PM accident took place near Mile Marker 288. A 38 year old man driving a Chevrolet Silverado northbound drifted across the lanes, struck the median, and went airborne over a guard rail into oncoming traffic. The Silverado hit the top of a Honda Civic driven by a 56 year old woman. A 17 year old boy, not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the Silverado on impact. The Silverado went on to strike a 3rd vehicle. The 56 year old woman and 17 year old boy were both killed in the accident.

The Florida Highway Patrol speculates that the 7:40 PM accident may be due to the back up from emergency services cleaning up after the first accident. Initially, north and southbound lanes were closed while the scene was addressed. Northbound lanes were then reopened at approximately 7:15 PM. The southbound lanes, however, were rerouted to U.S. 1 for detouring around the I-95 crash.

A semi-truck approaching the stopped traffic for the detour but was unable to stop in time. The truck struck the stopped automobiles which started a chain-reaction pile up of about a dozen vehicles. Several of the involved automobiles caught fire immediately after. At least four people died in the second accident.

Do You Need Legal Representation?

Florida car crashes like these happen all too frequently. If you or a loved one is affected by such an accident, involving an attorney early on can help you pursue the appropriate compensation for damages you’ve suffered. An experienced attorney knows what evidence to look for and collect. Timeliness is important due to a statute of limitations in many types of cases. Outside circumstances, such as poor truck maintenance or vehicle parts affected by a recall, may create additional liability for people outside of the immediate circle of involvement in the accident.

You or your loved ones need someone in your corner, fighting for your rights if you are involved in a Florida car crash. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, contact the American Injury Attorney Group to discuss your circumstances, at no cost or obligation to you. If you decide to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can help you file a lawsuit.