A motorcyclist was killed on Saturday, Dec. 22, when a driver turned into his path. Regular readers of this blog will know this is a distressingly common scenario in motorcycle accidents in and around the Orlando metropolitan area. We urge riders and drivers alike to exercise extra care when they are on area roadways, as this rider is the eighth motorcyclist killed in the last few weeks alone. Drivers need to take an extra moment before pulling out into traffic or changing lanes to make extra sure that the path is clear. You should ride defensively and anticipate that drivers may not be able to see them well, especially at night.
The most recent motorcycle accident victim was a 32-year-old Holly Hill man, who died from his injuries at the scene of the accident. Florida Highway Patrol troopers say that he was traveling south on Woodland Boulevard around 6:30 p.m. near DeLand when a sport utility vehicle driven by an Orange City woman attempted to make a left turn onto Melodie Lane. The rider had no time to take evasive action and was thrown from his bike in the collision. The 50-year-old driver of the SUV was taken to Florida Hospital DeLand, where she was treated for minor injuries.
While it is true that motorcycles are more difficult to see than passenger vehicles, especially during the evening, drivers still have a responsibility to make sure that their path is clear before making a turn or changing lanes. Drivers who violate a rider’s right of way can and should be held liable for the damages they cause. While no amount of compensation awarded by a jury or negotiated in a settlement can replace a life, damages can help a grieving family pay burial costs, replace lost income and compensate them for loss of companionship and other hardships.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver and you want to learn more about your rights and legal options, call Orlando motorcycle accident attorney James O. Cunningham today at 800-425-2004. Mr. Cunningham is dedicated to helping each client receive the maximum possible compensation for each client and has established a proven record of success since he began practicing law in 1977. Call today to get an aggressive and experienced Orlando personal injury attorney on your side!
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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