A collision between a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle has sent the rider to the hospital with critical injuries. The investigation is still underway, but officers with the Melbourne Police Department say the motorcycle accident occurred around 9:35 p.m. on Friday, July 22. They report that the motorcyclist was eastbound on Parkway Drive when a westbound Honda Accord failed to yield at a green light and turned in front of the rider. Police say the rider had no time to take evasive action and struck the side of the Honda. The force of the collision threw the rider more than 20 feet.
Police say the driver attempted to turn onto Stewart Road and that the impact from the motorcycle tore the front passenger door off the Honda.
“We think he went airborne over the car and landed 20 feet from the point of impact,” one officer said. “He suffered severe head and facial injuries.”
Witnesses said the victim, who was estimated to be in his 50s and was not wearing a helmet, landed on his head after being hurled more than 20 feet. He was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center where his condition is not listed. The young adults and a baby riding in the Honda were not injured. No charges had been filed against the driver of the Honda, but the accident investigation is ongoing.
In 2009, 376 motorcycle riders were killed in Florida motorcycle accidents, and 8,202 riders and motorcycle passengers were injured in at least 8,313 motorcycle accidents that year. The year before, a shocking 502 riders were killed and 9,402 injured in 9,618 motorcycle accidents. Many of these accidents are similar to this one in which the driver of a car turns in front of a rider and violates his or her right of way. In many cases, riders have little or no time to react and suffer grievous injuries that change the course of their lives forever.
Have you been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver? If so, you need an effective, experienced Orlando personal injury lawyer by your side. James O. Cunningham has been helping people injured in Florida motorcycle accidents since 1977 and has the experience, resources and skills to help injured riders get the fair and just compensation they deserve. Call 888-425-2004 or 407-425-2000 today to schedule a free consultation and get an aggressive Orlando personal injury attorney on your side.
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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