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Adult, Child Seriously Injured in Jacksonville Car Crash

Posted on March 31, 2011

An adult had to be extricated from a red van that rolled over to its side on San Jose Boulevard in Jacksonville recently after colliding with a pickup truck, according to a report on Channel 4. The driver and a 4-year-old who was also in the van were critically injured when their vehicle struck the back of a pickup truck at the Sunbeam Road intersection. Both the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) and Fire and Rescue Department responded with the Jaws of Life, while a TraumaOne helicopter flew the adult to Shands Hospital after he was removed from the van. The child was not wearing any safety restraints and was not in a car seat. The pickup truck driver did not suffer injuries in the Florida car crash. JSO says it’s likely the van driver will face charges.

According to the article, a motorists had called into 9-1-1- before the crash to report the red van was being driven erratically. Our prayers go out to the injured from this crash, particularly the child who relied on an adult to take care of him.

Among children ages 2-12, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injuries, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Most of these deaths occur when the child is a passenger in a vehicle and is not restrained. Even putting a child in the rear seat, instead of the front passenger seat, can reduce fatalities by about one-third. Every year about 1,800 children are killed and more than 280,000 are injured in vehicles.

In Florida, every person, whether a child or adult, is supposed to be restrained with a car seat, a booster seat, or a shoulder lap belt. The Jacksonville auto accident attorneys at Farah & Farah can offer advice following your auto accident to determine the at-fault party who may be responsible for your injuries. Call our Jacksonville office at (904) 549-6434 to schedule a complimentary appointment.