Two People Killed in Florida Motorcycle Accident

by Carmen Dellutri on June 9, 2011

Sarasota personal injury attorneyAs reported by My Fox Tampa Bay, a 38-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman were killed on May 16 in a Florida motor vehicle accident involving a motorcycle.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, both people riding on the motorcycle —Michael Mitts and Laura Nalley — were killed, while the other vehicle involved was badly damaged.

The accident occurred near the intersection of Ivey Lane and North Chestnut Road in Lakeland. According to investigators, 20-year-old Raykesha Corbett was backing out of her driveway in a Ford, two-door sedan when she drove into the path of the motorcycle.

Mitts, who was driving the motorcycle, slammed on the brakes and lost control, sliding into the car and ejecting both riders from the motorcycle. Corbett and her passenger were not injured, and the accident remains under investigation.

Unfortunately, the number of Florida motorcycle crashes, fatalities, and injuries has increased in recent years. In fact, the number of motorcycle crashes and injuries more than doubled between the late 1990s and 2008.

Since the repeal of the helmet law in 2000, the number of fatal crashes for every 10,000 registered motorcycles increased by 21 percent, clearly suggesting motorcyclists without helmets are more likely to suffer serious and fatal injuries.

In order to stay safe on the road, motorcyclists should always wear a helmet and practice motorcycle safety. At the same time, drivers in cars and trucks should drive with care when sharing the road with a motorcycle.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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