An Orlando man was struck and killed recently in a collision between his motorcycle and a van in east Orange County. Florida Highway Patrol troopers reported that the accident occurred on Colonial Drive near Forsyth Road around 3 a.m. one recent morning. They say that the 25-year-old victim was traveling west on Colonial Drive when his motorcycle was struck on the side by a van driven by a 26-year-old man, also from Orlando.
After reconstructing the accident scene, troopers say that the driver of the van was attempting to make a left turn when his van struck the left side of the motorcycle. The rider was rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he died from his injuries. The driver of the van was not injured in the accident. Troopers report that they have not located any witnesses and are actively seeking anyone who may have witnessed the collision. They have not yet determined which man had the right of way at the time of the accident. The FHP investigation is ongoing and troopers say that charges against the driver of the van are pending. They ask anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact them at 407-737-2213.
Motorcycle accident fatalities are on the rise again in Florida and our state consistently ranks in the top three for total number of motorcycle accidents and the number of riders and passengers injured and killed in these accidents on an annual basis. In 2008, 556 riders were killed in Florida motorcycle accidents and the following years paint a grim picture of the accident statistics.
- In 2009, 413 Floridians died in motorcycle accidents
- In 2010, 396 died.
- In 2011, 464 died.
- In 2012 (the most recent data available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,) 491 died.
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver or rider, you have a right to seek damages against the negligent party and their insurance company. If you would like to learn more about your rights and legal options, you should speak with an experienced Orlando personal injury attorney such as James O. Cunningham. Few Orlando motorcycle accident lawyers have more experience or a better record of success helping clients than Mr. Cunningham and he handles each aspect of his clients’ cases personally. To schedule a free initial consultation, call him 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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