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Nassau County Semi Crash Kills One

Posted on October 5, 2010

A Jacksonville man lost his life Saturday, September 25, when his car collided with a semi tractor-trailer in Nassau County. The accident occurred around 3 a.m. on U.S. 301. according to FirstCoastNews.com.

James Lee Knotts, 31, was northbound when he began to drift off the road. He crossed the center line and collided with an oncoming tractor-trailer. The Florida Highway Patrol is unsure of what caused this accident, but Knotts’ vehicle caught fire and was completely engulfed. He died at the scene. The semi driver was taken to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center with serious injuries.

Our sincere condolences are extended to the family and friends of Mr. Knotts.

It is tempting to blame the truck drivers in collisions with passenger automobiles. We cite statistics about tired truckers violating the limitations on time behind the wheel, or overloaded trucks and speeding. But in this instance, a passenger car appears to have contributed to the fatal Florida truck accident.

If I was a family member of Mr. Knotts, I would want some questions answered. First, a blood test should determine if there were drugs or alcohol involved. A check into cell phone records can determine if he was on the phone and driving distracted. An investigation into the car should be conducted. Did the vehicle go off the road because of a defective tire or other faulty components?

An experienced Florida truck accident attorney will want to conduct an investigation to answer these questions to determine if there is an at-fault party that may be held responsible for the loss of this life.