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Two Motorcyclists Die in Orlando Accident

Chris Russo Jun 3, 2011

Two motorcyclists died as a result of an accident on Thursday night.  This incident happened near Sand Lake Road and Kingspointe Parkway at approximately 10:30 p.m. when a semi-truck going eastbound on Sand Lake Road attempted a left turn onto Kingspointe Parkway.  The two motorcyclists struck the truck during the turn.

This accident, like virtually all others, has a root in negligence on one or all drivers.  All drivers on the roadway owe each other a duty to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner.  This idea trumps all rights of way or entitlement to use the roadway.  The rules of the road only work when we share.  This means giving a little leeway to those who have made a mistake and it means being cautious so as to avoid making a mistake that will adversely affect another.  In this case, perhaps the truck driver should have not made the turn unless he was absolutely certain that he could do so safely considering that there are other vehicles on the roadway, some of which may be obeying the speed limit and some of which may not be.  That is called defensive driving.  Nonetheless, the truck driver does have a reasonable expectation that other motorists will obey the law.  With that being said, the motorcyclists have a duty to slow down or take evasive action to avoid a collision wherever possible.  This applies regardless of the speed limit and regardless of how fast the motorcycles may have actually been traveling.  Thus a vehicle should never be operating in unsafe manner to include speed where one cannot react should someone make a mistake in front of them.  If you have been injured in a car accident or lost a loved on in a car accident, please contact a Central Florida personal injury or car accident lawyer for free advice about the facts and circumstances of your case.  Sometimes people do not realize that Florida is a comparative negligence state, meaning that fault is apportioned between the drivers and that you do not have to be completely free of any fault to bring a claim in Florida.  A home or hospital visit is free from a Central Florida car accident or wrongful death attorney.

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