Joel Gordon, a 28-year-old resident of Georgia was killed Friday morning in a crash on University Drive in Plantation, just north of Broward Boulevard. According to authorities, the driver of the motorcycle was travelling north with a passenger on University Drive shortly before lunchtime when a white Acura SUV turned in front of them. They collided with the SUV and were ejected from the motorcycle on impact. Gordon was pronounced dead at the scene while his female passenger was transported to Broward Medical Center with critical injuries.
The identity of the driver of the Acura SUV is unknown at this time. He suffered only minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene. We do know that this accident happened in the middle of the day, at an intersection controlled by stoplights. According to officials, the investigation into this accident is ongoing and they have not issued any citations at this time.
Friday’s accident is a tragic reminder for all motorists to be on the lookout for motorcyclists as the weather turns warmer. Because they are much smaller and can change speeds more quickly that an average size car, motorcycles are often more difficult to see and are easily missed if motorists are not vigilant while driving. Motorcyclists also need to exercise caution while operating their vehicles, and to always give themselves a safe distance from other vehicles, in case someone would suddenly swerve or turn.
Unfortunately, even the most seasoned and vigilant motorcyclist may not be able to escape injury when someone else makes a mistake. Because Florida’s laws do not require motorcyclists over the age of 21 to wear helmets, accidents involving motorcycles are often some of the most deadly in the state of Florida. It only takes a second for someone to become seriously or fatally injured if a car or SUV turns in front of them.
For the victims of these accidents and their families, the pain and suffering they endure can be heartbreaking. The physical trauma along with the emotional anguish can be overwhelming, sometimes driving victims into a deep depression. If the victim is unable to work to bring in income, bills may start to pile up. They make wonder how they will ever put their lives back together again.
Fortunately, there is an alternative. At the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, we are here to help the victims of motorcycle injuries and their families work through the aftermath of a horrific accident. Our legal team is experienced in personal injury litigation and will not rest until you receive compensation for your injuries. Please call us today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587).
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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