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Crashes on Florida Bridges


August 2018 was not a good month to be driving on Jacksonville bridges. Over the span of just four days, three separate accidents occurred on two different bridges. The cause of each accident was wrong way driving.

Tragic Outcomes

 Horrifically, each of the August incidents resulted in several injuries and fatalities. Two of them exploded into flames. As statistics tell us, these are not uncommon outcomes when head-on collisions occur. Here is what we know about head on collisions:

  • One study found that over 40 percent of the collisions that involve the fatalities of good drivers are due to a head-on collision;
  • Six percent of these accidents are a result of passing at inappropriate times;
  • One-fifth of head-on crashes occur when drivers veer out of their lanes on curving roads;
  • Almost two-thirds of these collisions occur on straight roadways when drivers are distracted, intoxicated, or fatigued;
  • Over 50 percent of head-ons occur during daylight hours;
  • Eight in ten occur during dry weather;
  • 14 percent of these accidents happen on major highways, with the rest frequenting scenic byways and country roads.

Beyond Numbers

 Of course, the statistics only tell a part of the story. Numbers don’t shed light on the painful recovery individuals must fight for after experiencing crushing injuries, brain trauma, or burns. They don’t begin to help us understand the agony of loss when an innocent life is lost. Florida families have had to say good-bye far too soon to mothers and fathers, daughters and sons. Grandparents, godparents, siblings, and dear friends have all been lost, leaving mourners to try to figure out how to continue on without loved ones. And certainly, statistics can’t begin to help us understand the post traumatic stress suffered by individuals who survive harrowing automobile accidents.

In addition to the emotional strife, families are faced with financial devastation in far too many cases. Medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and loss of service all add up to crippling debt.

Protecting Yourself

 There is not much you can do in the few seconds you have after realizing that another vehicle is careening toward you in your lane. Obviously, avoiding distractions yourself, executing passing maneuvers only with extreme caution, wearing a seatbelt, and doing your best to swerve out of the way of an errant driver are your best bets at surviving this type of encounter on the road.

Following an Accident

 If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries or death following a head on collision, you deserve compassionate, yet aggressive and tenacious legal representation. That is precisely what we can promise you at the Law Offices of Robert W. Elton. Contact us in Daytona & Ormond Beach to schedule a confidential consultation today.