One person has died and multiple people were injured following a serious car accident on Interstate 95 in Florida. The accident happened on I-95 northbound near the International Golf Parkway interchange, leaving the interstate closed for hours and traffic backed up for miles.
Multiple fire and rescue units arrived at the scene, along with the St. John’s County Sheriff Department. Although investigations continue, according to initial reports multiple vehicles were involved. One of the vehicles, which overturned during the crash, had four people inside, all of whom were extricated by emergency responders. One person is confirmed dead, while two others were airlifted to a nearby hospital trauma center for serious injuries. A pediatric patient is also said to have been taken to Baptist South where they remain in critical condition.
Although this report only talks of the injured who were either killed or airlifted to the hospital, it is important to remember that anyone involved in a motor vehicle accident should always seek immediate medical attention. Regardless of whether or not you think you were injured or not, always go to a doctor to confirm. Even in a simple fender bender, see a doctor.
The importance of this cannot be emphasized enough. This is because many times an injury will not manifest itself until well after the accident occurred. Why is this a problem? Let’s say you were driving on I-95 when this accident occurred and, to avoid being hit, had to slam on your break. Although you braked hard, you still slid into the car that came to a sudden stop in front of you. Damage was minimal and, after exchanging insurance information, you made your way home. Several weeks later you feel a growing pain in your neck and lower back, causing you to miss work and have to seek medical attention. In the paper you read about others involved in the I-95 having filed lawsuits to get compensation for their injuries, many of which sound similar to yours. However, when you seek to file a lawsuit the other side claims that your injuries were preexisting and not related to the accident. And how can you argue otherwise – after all, you didn’t go to a doctor until weeks after the accident.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a Florida motor vehicle accident, always start by visiting your doctor. After that, call the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. and schedule your free consultation and learn how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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