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Florida Motorcycle Accident Kills One Rider, Injures Another

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on July 2, 2012

A recent motorcycle accident in Brooksville has claimed the life of a Largo woman and seriously injured a Clearwater man, according to Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) accident investigators. They say that the 72-year-old victim, who was a passenger on the motorcycle and the 75-year-old male owner were going southbound on Highway 41 when their BMW motorcycle was struck by a Lincoln Towncar driven by an 88-year-old Istachatta man. The accident occurred around 5:30. p.m. near the intersection of Highway 41 and Lake Lindsay Road.

FHP troopers say that the couple was southbound on Highway 41 when the driver of the Lincoln entered the highway and was heading west when he struck the motorcycle on the left side. The impact threw the rider and passenger from their bike, and they landed an undisclosed distance away from the collision. After striking the motorcycle, the driver of the Lincoln then struck a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe that had stopped for a stop sign nearby. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene from her injuries, and the injured rider was taken to a nearby hospital, where he received treatment for serious injuries.

Each motorcycle accident involving a fatality is a tragedy, and these tragedies are all too familiar in Florida. Our state ranks second in the country behind California for motorcycle accident fatalities every year, and, like this one, most accidents are caused by negligent drivers who violate riders’ right of way. It may be that the elderly man who struck the motorcyclists never saw them as they approached, but that does not prevent him from being liable for the damages he caused. The woman’s family could seek damages in a wrongful death lawsuit, and the injured man and his family could seek damages for his injuries.

If you or a close family member has been injured in a motorcycle accident and you would like to speak with an Orlando motorcycle accident lawyer, call James O. Cunningham today at 888-425-2004. Mr. Cunningham has nearly four decades of experience as an Orlando personal injury attorney, and he has helped countless injured riders and their families since he began practicing law in 1977. Call today to schedule a free consultation and get his experience and proven record of success on your side.

James O. Cunningham

James O. CunninghamSince 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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