An Orlando Man has died after his motorcycle crashed with another vehicle Sunday night, May 2. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that the 28-year-old motorcyclist was driving north around 10 p.m. in his 2005 Suzuki on Conway Road when his motorcycle hit the side of a vehicle, an Infinity, being driven by 19-year-old from Orlando. The Infinity driver was reportedly turning left, off Conway onto Gatlin Avenue, when he was hit in the door by the motorcyclist who died at the scene. The Orlando Sentinel reported that the rider was not wearing a helmet, according to the FHP. Charges are pending.
Our sincere condolences are extended to the friends and family of this man for his sudden, tragic end.
According to the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, in 2007 there were 550 motorcycle fatalities in the state and nearly 9,000 injuries involving motorcycles. In 2006, there were 521 motorcyclists killed and nearly 8,000 injured and Orange County was among the counties with the most fatalities in 2006. Others include Miami-Dade, Broward, Hillsborough, Volusia, Palm Beach, Brevard, Pinellas, Duval and Polk.
Share the Road
Motorcyclists face countless dangers on the road and are extremely vulnerable to serious injury from roadside crashes or collisions with other vehicles. Even minor Florida motorcycle accidents can potentially have devastating consequences, as motorcycle drivers and passengers have little to protect them from injury. With a smaller profile and the fact that motorists are only conditioned to look for other cars, often motorists simply don’t see a biker until it’s too late.
Besides visibility issues, most serious motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligence or carelessness of other drivers. Drivers put motorcycle riders at risk everyday by ignoring the posted speed limit, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or simply making careless maneuvers that force motorcyclists off the road.
It is the reason the state initiated the Share the Road Campaign – to remind everyone that all types of vehicles have a right to co-exist on our roadways. Motorcyclists have the same privileges as other drivers, so motorists need to give them space in case there is debris on the road or the motorcyclists has to take evasive action.
Unfortunately, in many cases it can be difficult for motorcycle riders to identify the parties responsible for their injuries and prove that negligence caused the accident. That is why it is well-advised to have an experienced Florida personal injury attorney by your side. A skilled lawyer will have extensive experience reconstructing motorcycle accident scenes to demonstrate liability on the part of other drivers. A team of experts will also be dispatched to the scene to collect evidence, take photos and interview witnesses while their memory is still sharp. Not only will an experienced firm deal with insurance companies on your behalf, but motorcycle accident lawyers will assist you with the practical aspects of your case to let you focus on your recovery.