A teenager who suffered serious injuries in a late December motorcycle accident died at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola recently. The 17-year-old victim was driving a Honda Shadow northbound on Pine Forest Road near Longleaf Drive around 10:15 p.m. on December 30 when he was struck by a car and thrown from his motorcycle. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, after being struck and thrown, the victim was struck again by a Ford Taurus and pinned beneath the car.
FHP accident investigators said the victim and a passenger were riding on the motorcycle when the 22-year-old Pensacola man driving the Taurus attempted to make a U-turn while traveling southbound on Pine Forest Road. As the driver turned his Taurus into the northbound lane, he found that he could not complete the turn and backed away from the curb and into the path of the rider and his passenger. The condition of the passenger on the motorcycle is unknown.
This motorcycle accident is tragically typical in that the driver of a vehicle pulled his car directly into the path of the rider. This happens every day on Florida streets and highways. Hundreds of Floridians die and thousands more suffer injuries each year due to careless drivers. In 2009, 413 people died in Florida motorcycle accidents. This number is down sharply from the 556 who died in motorcycle accidents in 2008, but that is little solace to the friends and family members of those killed by negligent motorists.
If you have suffered injury in a motorcycle accident, you probably have questions about your legal options to help pay medical bills and other expenses. Call Orlando personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham at 888-425-2004 or 407-425-2000 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. Mr. Cunningham is a passionate defender of victims’ rights and gives each client and case the individual attention they deserve. He will explain the law and your options in plain language so that you can make informed decisions about what would be best for you and your family. Don’t let the driver’s insurance company give you the runaround! Call James O. Cunningham, and get an experienced, aggressive Orlando personal injury attorney on your side 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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