Florida man killed when car collides with his motorcycle

A Florida man was killed recently when an oncoming car turned in front of his motorcycle at an Orlando intersection. The driver of the car was injured and taken to the hospital for treatment. The accident happened at around 9:15 p.m. at the intersection of Apopka-Vineland Road and Silver Star Road. Florida State Highway Patrol officers are still investigating, and charges against the driver of the car are pending.

The motorcycle accident occurred when the 43-year-old motorcyclist was traveling southbound on Apopka-Vineland while the automobile was traveling northbound. At the time of the accident, both drivers reportedly had a solid green light. However, the motorcyclist was traveling straight through the light while the 17-year-old motorist was making a left-hand turn from Apopka-Vineland onto Silver Star. When the teenager did that, she turned her Nissan Xterra directly into the path of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle, which caused the fatal crash, according to the state police. Despite wearing a helmet, the motorcycle accident victim was killed in the crash.

In this case, the teenager’s negligence in failure to yield to oncoming traffic may have been the primary cause for the fatal accident. Motorcyclists are more likely to die in accidents than the driver or occupants of automobiles due to the lack of protective chassis surrounding the motorcyclist and the difference in sheer mass between a car and a motorcycle when they collide.

The driver of the automobile in this accident potentially faces serious criminal charges. She may also be responsible for paying for losses and damages suffered by the family or partner of the motorcyclist if the individuals choose to pursue a wrongful death claim. Florida motorcycle accident attorneys may be able to help obtain compensation for families who lose a loved one in a fatal motorcycle accident.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, “Orlando man killed in motorcycle crash on Apopka-Vineland Road,” Arelis R. Hernández, April 9, 2013

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