Matthew Joseph Killed in a Chain-Reaction Accident on Interstate 295
Jacksonville, FL – According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a chain-reaction accident that took place just south of Beach Boulevard resulted in one death.
The accident took place on Interstate 295 northbound, just south of Beach Boulevard Tuesday afternoon.
Reports state that 21-year old Matthew Joseph was slowing down in his 2003 Ford Mustang due to traffic that was ahead of him. The driver behind him, was driving a Dodge Charge where they failed to stop and rear-ended Joseph. This accident caused a chain-reaction, causing a total of seven vehicles to be involved.
Joseph was killed.
No other person involved was injured.
Charges are pending, and investigations are underway.
Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Matthew Joseph. He lost his life due to a negligent driver that should have remained vigilant.
What Is a Chain-Reaction Accident?
A chain reaction accident refers to one vehicle performing an action on the road that causes multiple vehicles to get involved, like the case above. It can be classified like a dominoe effect.
It has been noted that rear-end collisions often occur due to the driver being distracted or not abiding by the traffic laws. Unfortunately, an innocent man, Matthew Joseph, lost his life in this wrongful death incident. Drivers have a responsibility to ensure that they do not cause harm to other drivers or pedestrians while they are driving, but this wasn’t the case. For the vast majority of rear-end crashes, the driver that struck the rear-end of the vehicle is liable for the resulting damages of the crash-that is a given. Unless there was some other factor in the crash that may cause his responsibility to mitigate. In other words, did something else contribute to the accident other than that driver?
For example: Was there a road hazard in the way? Did the liable driver’s vehicle malfunction? Did a health condition cause the driver to slam into the rear?
There are many possible scenarios that could lead to a responsible driver’s percentage of liability being reduced. Percy Martinez Law Firm of experienced Personal Injury lawyers in Miami know that many scenarios are possible, but most often, rear-end crashes are caused by the following:
- Driver was speeding: Many drivers, especially at that time of the night, take advantage of the low volume of traffic and start going at an excess speed. This often causes drivers to lose control and not able to stop in time before noticing a vehicle in front of them. Was the liable driver speeding?
- Driver was intoxicated: Driving under the influence is a huge factor in many car accidents. In fact, did you know that 29 individuals are killed each day in the United States from an intoxicated driver? That boils down to one person being killed every 50 minutes. Just think about the average 8-hour work day; during your time at work, nine people will have died from impaired driving.
- Driver was on their phone: Cell phone use has become a ritual for the vast majority of people. Individuals cannot leave their phones for one minute without feeling “lost”. It has become a part of them and they now take it with them while they are driving. They are texting and driving on express lanes, they are updating their status on Facebook, they are being irresponsible. That one second it takes to answer a text could lead to the driver rear-ending the vehicle in front of them and causing an accident that could have been avoided.
Matthew Joseph had to pay the price of a negligent driver. We are deeply saddened and send out our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Matthew Joseph. No matter why the collision occurred, most definitely the driver that caused the chain-reaction accident will hold some responsibility for their actions.
What Damages Can Be Recovered in a Wrongful Death Claim?
This is definitely a wrongful death case because whenever someone’s negligence causes the death of another person, that is considered a wrongful death. The one who will bring up the claim for wrongful death will be the survivors or estate of the victim. Once that has been established, the claimant will have to seek the legal counsel of Miami best personal injury lawyers at Percy Martinez Law Firm. Our lawyers will help recover for these typical two categories for a wrongful death:
Damages acquired from the moment of the negligent act to the death of the victim
- Hospital fees
- The victim’s lost wages
- The victim’s pain and suffering
- Funeral and Burial costs
Damages experienced after the death of the victim (meant to compensate the family of the victim)
- The anticipated money that the victim would have earned until their retirement
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
The courts will determine exactly what the victims should be compensated depending on the relationship that the victim shared with their family. Our experienced personal injury Miami lawyers will address every detail and ensure that all possible damages are claimed.
R.i.P Matthew Joseph