Chipley woman victim of motorcycle crash

A Highway 77 motorcycle accident in Bay County injured a 30-year-old Chipley woman who suffered a broken leg, broken pelvis and broken arm. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the woman was taken to a local hospital after she struck the rear of a Plymouth Grand Voyager minivan when the vehicle crossed the highway at Crooked Lane East. She was thrown from the motorcycle on impact and landed in the roadway. The 58-year-old female driver of the minivan was not injured.

Another driver, a 59-year-old man from Fountain, was unable to stop in time to avoid hitting the wrecked motorcycle rider. Troopers noted that the victim was wearing a helmet, which may have saved her life, even though she did sustain substantial injuries to the rest of her body. There is no official word on who will be charged with the accident or the prognosis for the victim.

Motorcycle accidents such as this one can be complicated from a personal injury legal standpoint due to the conflicting types of liability involved. Assuming that the minivan driver is charged with causing the accident, she may be liable for damages. However, the man driving the second car could also be liable for not having control over his vehicle and not being able to stop in time to avoid a collision with the victim after the first accident.

A personal injury attorney can untangle the various lines of liability that may exist in cases such as this and allow the victims to determine exactly who is liable for their injuries. Once liability has been established, the victim can file a suit for damages to recover compensation for the injuries sustained in this accident.

Source: Washington County News, “Chipley woman injured in motorcycle accident,” Dec. 7, 2012

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