A motorcyclist was killed Sunday after traveling the wrong way on an entrance ramp to Florida’s Turnpike and smashing into a Toyota Corolla.
The 42-year-old Orlando man was ejected from the motorcycle and died, according to a crash report.
The Toyota was driven by a 37-year-old Kissimmee man who was traveling southeast approaching a toll plaza on the ramp.
It’s unclear at this time as to why the biker was driving the wrong direction.
The Toyota driver, who was driving in the correct direction, couldn’t avoid the motorcycle, and the front left of his car struck the motorcycle.
Troopers are still investigating the crash.
Wrong way crashes occur when a car drives the wrong way in a lane, against the flow of traffic. This usually requires a driver who enters a highway or interstate entrance or exit ramp the wrong way. These tend to end pretty badly, with two cars colliding head-on at high speeds.
Wrong way collisions are almost always fatal. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, wrong way crashes have a fatality rate of up to 27 percent compared to .3 percent for all other highway collisions.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car or motorcycle accident caused by a wrong way driver, our Florida Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can provide you with the representation you need. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve from the negligent driver.
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