Motorcycle crash leaves Fort Myers Beach man seriously injured

A Sarasota motorcycle accident left a rider from Fort Myers Beach seriously injured and recovering in a local hospital. The Florida Highway Patrol stated that the 55-year-old victim was riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle on U.S. 41 south near River Road when the driver of a car rear-ended him.

The car was driven by a 26-year-old man who was not injured. The motorcycle rider was taken to an area hospital for treatment. The driver of the car is facing charges for DUI, open container violations, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, and failure to produce a driver’s license.

Authorities have not released any information on whether the suspect will be offered bond. They have also not commented on the condition or prognosis of the victim. However, it is clear that the victim may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages for his injuries. Rear-end accidents are almost always the fault of the driver who rear-ends another person, and in this case the driver was also allegedly drinking and tried to flee the scene of the accident.

In such cases, a personal injury attorney often looks at the accident reports and attempts to negotiate with the at-fault party’s representatives to settle the case and recover money to pay for the victim’s medical bills, pain and suffering, lost salary from missed work and other costs. If an agreement is not possible, the personal injury lawyer will represent the victim in a lawsuit for damages against the at-fault driver.

Source: Fox 4, “Motorcycle crash seriously injures Fort Myers Beach man,” Dec. 26, 2012

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