Call Us Now

Florida Garbage Truck Driver Causes Fatal S.R. 417 Motorcycle Accident

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on January 14, 2015

Motorcycle accidents happen a lot in Florida. The state’s warm weather and flat surfaces are ideal conditions for motorcyclists to ride. The Governors Highway Safety Association says there were over 300 motorcycle accident deaths in Florida each year. And many times it is the fault of a motor vehicle driver who does not see the motorcyclist. According to Chanyoung Lee, a senior researcher at the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research, the motor vehicle is at fault nearly two-thirds of the time.

That is exactly what happened on Dec. 30 around 6:25 in the evening, according to a media report. On that day, a garbage truck, which was driven by Joseph Saint Marc, 59, was traveling westbound on Curry Ford Road near State Road 417. Law enforcement officials say Saint Marc turned left and attempted to merge onto State Road 417. He apparently did not see the motorcycle and ran his garbage truck into the path of it, which was traveling eastbound on Curry Ford Road.

The motorcycle was driven by 50-year-old Daryl Bernard, of Orlando. 24-year-old Brittany Haniff was a passenger on the motorcycle. Both the male and the female were thrown from the motorcycle when it collided with the garbage truck. Both riders landed on the road.

Barnard died at the scene. Haniff was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center where she was treated for minor injuries.

The cause of the accident is under investigation, and law enforcement officials have not decided if they want to file charges against Saint Marc. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the accident, but not seeing the motorcyclist does.

Motorcyclists should always drive defensively and assume motor vehicles cannot see them. They should wear bright clothing and always have a light on the motorcycle turned on, so there is a better chance of being seen. A helmet should be worn to prevent the chances of receiving a serious brain injury if an accident should occur.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. immediately at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) for a free initial consultation.

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.

Connect with James O. Cunningham on Google+

Related Articles:

Florida Personal Injury Office Locations

Main Office

Orlando Personal Injury Office:
3117 Edgewater Dr
Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: 407-425-2000
Toll Free: 877-FL-INJURY
Fax: 407-843-8274

Seminole County

Lake Mary Office:
1001 Heathrow Park Lane
Suite 4001
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Phone: 407-487-4408

Osceola County

Kissimmee Office:
17 S. Orlando Ave.
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Phone: 407-966-4408

Volusia County

Daytona Beach Office:
1301 Beville Rd., Suite 8
Daytona Beach, FL 32119
Phone: 386-243-4994

DeBary Office:
465 Summerhaven Drive, Suite C
DeBary, FL 32713
Phone: 386-320-3911

Deland Office:
Downtown Executive Center
120 South Woodland Blvd.
Deland, FL 32720
Phone: 386-206-1264

Citrus County

Inverness Office:
110 North Apopka Ave.
Inverness, FL 34453
Phone: 352-205-4341

Polk County

Lakeland Office:
1102 S. Florida Ave., Suite 104
Lakeland, FL 33803
Phone: 863-968-7551

Winter Haven Office:
325 Avenue A, N.W.
Winter Haven, FL 33881
Phone: 863-968-7173

Hillsborough County

Tampa Office:
100 S. Edison St. Suite D
Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: 813-355-9772

Marion-Sumter Counties

The Villages Office:
3420 U.S. Hwy. 27/441
Fruitland Park, FL 34731
Phone: 352-419-0825

Lake County

Mt. Dora Office:
602 East 5th Ave.
Mt. Dora, FL 32757
Phone: 352-436-4696

Clermont Office:
900 W. Highway 50
Clermont, FL 34711
Phone: 352-503-4674

Brevard County

Titusville Office:
506 S. Palm Ave.
Titusville, FL 32780
Phone: 321-222-7300

Cocoa Office:
96 Willard Street
Suite 206,
Cocoa, FL 32922
Phone: 321-757-1373