St. Augustine drivers know that Interstate 95 is a busy place. Being a main federal highway that stretches from Miami up to Boston, it is used by hundreds of thousands of vehicles, of all shapes and sizes. In St. John’s County, one can often find large trucks hauling their goods both North toward Jacksonville and south to Miami. Add in the high speeds cars usually travel on a major highway like I-95, and some wet roads, and the chances of a serious collision can increase significantly.
Unfortunately, this was the case recently when an older man in a Hyundai Elantra lost control of his vehicle and hit not one, but two, semi-tractor-trailers while traversing I-95 near St. Augustine. According to police, the 79-year-old attempted to pass a truck near the U.S. 1 exit in the southbound lanes, and swerved into the path of the truck after losing control. His Hyundai contacted the semi, then hit the median guardrail and continued into the northbound side of the divided highway. In doing so, the Elantra side-swiped a northbound tractor-trailer, causing that truck to crash. The wreck not only shut down the northbound lanes of I-95 for hours, but also sent two participants to the hospital, including the 79-year-old and the driver of the second truck, a 64-year-old man. Police cited the driver of the Hyundai for travelling at too high a speed given the conditions.
Driving too fast to maintain control of one’s vehicle, may well be considered acting negligently, even if one was not violating the posted speed limit. Causing a major accident, including injuries requiring hospitalization, can put one at risk of having to pay compensation to the victims. Those who have been injured in a highway collision may wish to consider consulting experienced St. Augustine, Florida, Interstate 95 Auto Accident Compensation Attorneys.
Source: actionnewsjax.com, “Driver cited in crash involving 2 semi trucks on I-95 in St. Johns County,” Brittany Donovan, June 7, 2017