Increased speed increases your risk of a fatal accident. Speed is a leading factor in 26% of all fatal accidents. Jacksonville was the scene of a fatal accident this week. Speed was believed to be a factor in that crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration collects data on car accidents throughout the nation in an effort to prevent as many accidents as possible. Speed, alcohol and seatbelts are clearly three major factors in fatal auto crashes. All three factors are preventable. Young adults and teens account for a larger percentage of involvement in fatal car crashes. Parents begin early teaching your children about safe driving. First and foremost, set an example by driving safely in front of them. Second use age appropriate examples of the dangers of distracted driving, alcohol impaired driving and speeding. Third teach your child that seatbelts are never optional. A staggering 50% of fatal car crashes with a speeding driver shows seatbelts were not even being used. The number of fatalities among drivers under the age of 25 is substantially higher than among older drivers. Alcohol impaired drivers account for 32% of speeding drivers. Lets all work together to prevent car crashes. If you or your loved one has been the victim of an auto accident call us for a free case evaluation. If you or your loved one has been the victim of a serious car crash you should seek legal advice. We offer a free no obligation case evaluation.
A deadly auto accident on Jacksonville's Northside early Monday morning has left two young children without a father while the wrong- way driver responsible had only minor injuries. According to the Florida Highway Patrol Joshua Mintz 27, was driving south in the northbound lanes on North Main Street near Busch Drive just after 2 a.m. when his Ford F-150 pick-up struck a northbound vehicle driven by Robert Creech. Creech died at the scene he was only 30 years old. Mintz suffered only minor injuries. Police are investigating the accident and believe alcohol may have been a factor in Mintz's tragic decision.
Jacksonville- A deadly auto accident has claimed the life of a 21 year old Army National Guardsman on Jacksonville's Southside. The accident occurred Wednesday around 12:45 a.m. when the other driver ran a red light according to the initial investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol. Tyler Mapel, was heading west on Beach Blvd. when he attempted to make a left hand turn onto Kernan Blvd a Ford Mustang that was heading East crashed into Mapel after running a red light. The driver of the Mustang is in critical condition the occupants of the Mustang were treated for minor injuries. . Mapel was transported to Memorial hospital where he died shortly after arriving. A young man who served our country has been taken from his family and loved ones all too soon.The investigation is still ongoing. We would not speculate why the other driver ran a red light but we have seen the devastating effects so many times of careless drivers. We hope that by sharing this story drivers will think twice before sliding through that yellow light, we hope drivers will think twice before texting while driving, think twice before drinking and driving. We hope that drivers will realize that speeding may get you there 5 min. sooner or you may never reach that destination and it is not worth the risk. We hope that parents of teen drivers will take the time to talk with their teens and stand firm when they know their teen is violating safe driving practices.