A teenage Apopka, Florida man was killed Monday night, July 12, on his motorcycle when he collided with a car in Seminole County, according to a Florida Today article.
Christopher Thole, 19, was riding on North Hunt Boulevard in Longwood, when a 2002 Honda Accord, being driven by Tory Carroll, 32, of Longwood, tried to turn left into Winchester Place. Thole’s 2008 Suzuki, heading northbound, reportedly hit the side of her car around 8 p.m. Thole was wearing a helmet, but died at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Carroll was not injured. Charges could be filed in connection with this collision.
Our condolences go out to the family of Thole, a football player at Lake Brantley High in Altamonte Springs, and well known there.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles recently released its accident statistics and finds 376 motorcyclists and 26 motorcycle passengers were killed in our state in 2009 following 8,313 motorcycle crashes. Though the numbers are not good, they represent at least a 25% reduction in the number of motorcyclists killed from 2008 Florida motorcycle crashes.
The majority of times, accidents between cars and motorcycles occur at intersections, and often there is a turn involved and the other driver/rider was not paying attention. What results is a T-bone accident, also called a broadside, or side impact collision.
With no metal around them for protection, the motorcyclist is the casualty in the vast majority of these types of accidents.
The family of Thole would be well-advised to seek the assistance of a Florida motorcycle accident attorney to determine if conditions exist that would allow them to seek compensation to cover the costs associated with medical expenses, hospitalization, and compensation for the loss of a loved one from an at-fault driver. Too frequently, it is assumed that the biker is at fault, but often that is not the case.