Florida Highway Patrol troopers investigating a fatal head-on collision between a motorcycle and a car say that the motorcyclist was talking on his cell phone when he lost control on a curve and struck the car. The accident occurred very early in the morning on Jan. 9, on Chase Road near Jack Nicklaus Parkway in Orange County. Troopers report that the victim, a 40-year-old Winter Garden man, was ejected from his Honda motorcycle by the collision and was pronounced dead from his injuries at the scene of the accident.
The victim was heading south on Chase Road and was entering a curve as he lost control. Troopers say that he crossed the centerline after losing control, traveling into the northbound lanes, where he struck a Honda Civic head-on. A witness told troopers that the victim appeared to have his cell phone in his left hand and was talking on it before he lost control of his bike. The phone was not damaged in the accident, and investigators are trying to determine whom the victim was speaking with at the time of the accident.
Riding a motorcycle is a very fun but risky way to get around. In 2010, there were 7,484 motorcycle accidents in Florida, which injured 6,686 people and killed 350 more. While these numbers are down significantly from the 9,618 accidents reported in 2008, the worst year on record, it is still very sobering to think that our state averaged more than 18 motorcycle accidents each day in 2010.
Negligent drivers who pull out in front of motorcyclists or otherwise cut them off and fail to observe a rider’s right of way cause the vast majority of motorcycle accidents. However, riders can be negligent also and cause accidents that cause injuries. A rider who chooses to use his or her cell phone while riding a motorcycle is being very reckless and negligent just as negligent drivers who talk and text while driving are.
If you or a member of your immediate family has been injured in a distracted driving accident, you may be entitled to seek damages against the negligent party who caused the accident. If you are considering pursuing legal action and would like to speak with an experienced Orlando personal injury attorney, call James O. Cunningham today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587). He will answer all your questions and advise you of your legal options so that you and your family can make informed decisions about which course of action will be best for you. Schedule your free consultation with Mr. Cunningham today for effective and aggressive legal representation!
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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