Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office motorcyclist J.W. Chapman was struck by a vehicle in downtown Jacksonville Saturday evening, October 30, around 5:40 p.m. near the intersection of Lafayette and Bay streets. Officer Chapman was taken to the hospital but the injuries are not reported to be serious. The story from Channel 4 does not indicate who the at-fault driver might be or whether any charges are pending. The driver of the motor vehicle was reportedly not injured.
According to state statistics from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, 376 motorcyclists were killed in our state in 2009, which represents a decrease of more than 25% from 2008. Florida motorcycle crashes also decreased by more than 13% to 9,618 in 2009.
Florida Liability Issues
Based on this account it is not clear why this accident occurred. Was another vehicle involved? Was there debris on the road? Was the motorcycle faulty in some way? Was a blood alcohol test taken at the scene? Fortunately, there were no injuries that resulted from this motorcycle collision. However if there were injuries, and the driver of another vehicle or motorcycle was at-fault, he or she could be held liable for the accident that caused injuries and death.
In that case, the victims or their survivors should ask a Jacksonville motorcycle accident attorney if conditions exist that would allow them to seek compensation to cover medical expenses, the cost of hospitalization, as well as surgeries and rehabilitation, and other expenses. Farah & Farah has offices all over Florida and southern Georgia and an open door policy to be available to answer all of your questions about your motorcycle accident.