With the millions of vehicles that travel Florida’s roadways on a daily basis, car and truck accidents are quite common. Many of these are serious, with drivers and passengers suffering from disability or even dying. Sadly, this was the case for a 56-year-old man who was a passenger in a van involved in a truck accident on Aug. 7.
The accident occurred on Interstate 95 as the van, driven by a 21-year-old man, entered the freeway at Fiske Blvd. As it crossed into the right lane, it was hit from behind by a semi truck driven by a 65-year-old man. The impact caused the van to spin around and flip over. It stopped on a shoulder.
The passenger who died in the crash was not wearing a seatbelt. However, another passenger was also not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the van, but survived. An emergency helicopter transported injured victims to hospitals for treatment. Traffic was shut down for about two hours so police could investigate the incident.
Was the driver of the car partially at fault for driving too slowly? Sometimes people unknowingly cause an accident by driving well below the speed limit. They may think that driving slower is better than driving faster, but when entering a freeway, it’s advisable to drive at the same speed as traffic. When a vehicle enters a freeway too slowly – especially in front of a semi truck – the vehicle is likely to be rear-ended. Semi trucks cannot slow down quickly and need adequate space to maneuver themselves.
Another thing to consider is whether or not the victim contributed to his own death by not wearing a seatbelt. Would he have survived if he wore a seatbelt? If a similar incident has happened to a family member, you may want to consider contacting a personal injury attorney for legal help. He or she can determine if a lawsuit is suitable based on your circumstances.
Florida Today, “Man dies in Interstate 95 crash in Rockledge” Andrew Ford, Aug. 08, 2013