A Mount Dora man injured while riding his 2008 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide motorcycle last month passed away recently.
According to Florida Highway Patrol troopers, the 51-year-old died Monday, Dec. 30, at 1:03 p.m. at Ocala Regional Medical Center. His 49-year-old wife, also of Mount Dora, remains at ORMC.
The accident took place at 3:10 p.m. Dec. 7 at County Road 25 and Sunset Harbor Road.
According to officials, a 2004 Mini Cooper driven by an 83-year-old Eustis man was heading north on CR 25, approaching Sunset Harbor Road. At the same time, the deceased and his wife were traveling south on CR 25 on their motorcycle, also approaching Sunset Harbor Road. The 83-year-old motorist failed to yield the right of way of the motorcycle and turned left, causing the front of the Mini Cooper to smash into the Harley bike.
Authorities claim that neither the deceased nor his wife was wearing a helmet.
In 2013, there were 54 traffic related deaths reported in Marion County alone.
In the last decade, there has been a decrease in the number of many types of motor vehicle accidents throughout the state of Florida and the rest of the country. However, due to the increasingly popularity of motorcycle travel, these types of accidents have been on the incline. When a motorcyclist is killed in a preventable accident caused by the carelessness or recklessness of another driver, the biker’s family may be able to seek compensation for their loss.
A motorcycle accident wrongful death occurs when a person is killed as a direct result of another person’s negligence or misconduct. The law provides those that were injured and immediate family members of those that were killed in these types of accidents to seek financial compensation for their losses. Family members of a motorcycle accident victim may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault driver who caused the crash.
If you have lost someone you love in a motorcycle accident that was the fault of another motorist, you should speak with a Marion County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at Whittel & Melton as soon as possible to make sure you understand your legal rights. While there is no monetary value that can be placed on the life of your loved one, obtaining compensation can help you ease the financial burden associated with your hardship so that you can focus on the healing process. By fully understanding your rights, you can make the most informed decision regarding your legal matter. Please contact us today at 352-369-5334 or dial us statewide and toll-free at 866-608-5529.