A motorcyclist from Winter Park died after he crashed into a car in Seminole County on Monday night.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the accident was caused when the 42-year-old male, who was traveling west on Aloma Avenue, failed to stop at a red light. Going through the intersection, he collided with a 2016 Honda that was in the left-turn lane and turning from Aloma eastbound onto State Road 417. As the light turned red, she made the turn, at which point the motorcyclist collided into the passenger side of the Honda.
Upon impact, the motorcyclist was thrown from his bike and into the intersection. Emergency first responders transported him to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. It is not yet known whether or not he was wearing a helmet. Nobody else was reported injured.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries and Damages
Regardless of who is at fault, what this incident makes clear is that motorcycle accidents are always dangerous – if not deadly. In fact, the number of motorcycle-related fatalities has nearly doubled over the last decade. And when an accident isn’t deadly, they still result in serious injuries, including brain injury, spinal cord injury, loss of limbs and fractures.
When a motorcycle accident is the result of another driver’s negligence, then the motorcyclist has the legal right to be compensated for his or her injuries. For example, in the case at hand, if it is eventually found that the motorcyclist crossed the intersection as the light was turning yellow and that the driver failed to yield in her turn, thus hitting the oncoming motorcyclist, then the motorcyclist could sue the driver for such damages as:
- Medical bills
- Loss of income
- Future medical expenses
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Motorcycle repairs and/or replacement
One important thing to note here is the importance of wearing a helmet. Even if the other driver was at fault, if the motorcyclist wasn’t wearing a helmet, then he or she will likely be found partially at fault for their injuries. As a result, a court could deduct – or even eliminate – one’s compensation.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an Orlando motorcycle accident, you have the right to be compensated. To learn more, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. today.
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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