Southbound motorists on Interstate 95 in Florida experienced delays and were rerouted after a multi-vehicle crash on a recent Sunday night. According to the Highway Patrol, the accident involved 26 vehicles and occurred shortly before 10:45 p.m. The pileup claimed the life of one and injured 13 other people. This tragedy may give rise to a wrongful death lawsuit as well as a number of personal injury claims.
A preliminary accident report indicates that an earlier crash on southbound I-95 caused traffic to back up. Allegedly, a big rig driver paid no attention to the traffic that had piled up ahead and failed to stop. The tractor-trailer smashed into the stationary vehicles, causing a chain of crashes in front and behind it. In the end, there were three commercial vehicles involved and 23 passenger vehicles.
An 18-year-old high school student did not survive the crash. No details about the 13 injured victims were made available. Road closures in the area lasted until 7 a.m. on Monday. During the closure of I-95, all traffic was detoured through Yulee in Nassau County.
While the surviving family members of the young man that lost his life may pursue claims for financial relief through the civil justice system in Florida, determining who was at fault in a multi-car crash can be challenging. For that reason, they may find that the support and guidance of an attorney who is experienced in the navigation of wrongful death lawsuits can make the process considerably easier. The lawyer can assist with establishing negligence and determining who to name as defendants, before presenting documented claims for financial and emotional damages to the court.
Source: jacksonville.com, “26-vehicle accident kills 1, injures 13 in Nassau County“, Dan Scanlan, Sept. 5, 2017