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Dunedin Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on December 2, 2015

A 56-year-old man from Dunedin was killed after he was thrown from his motorcycle after colliding with a truck that crossed into his oncoming path on U.S. Highway 19 in Clearwater, Florida.

The crash happened on the evening of November 8th, when Walter Hertrich, 70, of Palm Harbor, turned his F150 truck off of southbound US-19 onto Congress Avenue in Clearwater. Lawrence J. Silva and his passenger Laurel J. Silva, 59 were riding on a Kawasaki motorcycle in the northbound lane and were unable to avoid crashing into Hertrich’s truck. Lawrence was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and suffered fatal injuries at the scene. Laurel was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital where she is listed in critical condition. Hertrich suffered minor injuries and was taken to Mease Countryside for treatment.

Even when wearing a helmet or other protective gear, motorcyclists are often no match to a collision with another vehicle or the road. Tragically, in the event that motorcycle passengers does not wear a helmet, lasting head/brain injuries and death are extremely likely in an accident. After being thrown from their vehicle, motorcycle accident victims often spend weeks or even months in a coma before awakening to learn the challenges their life holds ahead.

As an experienced motorcycle accident attorney, James O. Cunningham seeks monetary compensation, which truly conveys the physical, emotional and economic impact that the accident will have on motorcycle accident victims and their families. We understand the impact of a motorcycle injury, and when a loved one suffers a head injury in a tragic accident, it is difficult to cope with the disabling injury let alone conceive projections for the future.

Mr. Cunningham has represented countless motorcycle accident victims and their families. He works with experts to determine the extent of the injury and the impact the head injury may have on the individual’s future. As a result, the firm is well equipped to determine fair, reasonable compensation that clients are entitled to receive. In the tragic case of death, Mr. Cunningham aggressively seeks the compensation deserved by the family members for funeral expenses, lost wages, and more.

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic injury due to a motorcycle or automobile accident, contact our Orlando law firm at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) to discuss your case with an experienced, compassionate, and successful lawyer.

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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