January 16, 2013

Pasco County, FL man killed in Lakeland crash

A Pasco County, FL man was killed when his motorcycle collided with a Polk County school bus on January 16, 2013.

According to the Lakeland Ledger, at approximately 2:00 p.m. on that Wednesday afternoon, Stephen Rosenquist, 36, of Pasco County, FL, was riding his 2008 Buell motorcycle heading west on Rockridge Road in Lakeland, FL.  As Rosenquist approached the intersection of Rockridge Road and Ranchland Drive in Lakeland, FL, a Polk County school bus was making a left hand turn onto Ranchland Drive from heading east on Rockridge Road in Lakeland, FL.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office reports indicate that the school bus, being driven by Thomas Murphy, 75, of Lakeland, FL, had stopped at the intersection to allow a car to travel through the intersection before attempting the left hand turn.  As the bus made the turn, Rosenquist’s motorcycle slammed into the passenger side of the school bus, snapping the motorcycle into half.

Accident reports indicate that Rosenquist died instantly at the scene of the accident. He reportedly was wearing eye protection, however, was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) published a report that states a total of 4,502 motorcyclists were killed in accident in 2010 making up 14% of all traffic accident fatalities. The CDC quotes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as saying that 79% of all motorcyclists killed in no helmet law states were not wearing a helmet at the time of their fatal crash.

Attorney Tania L. Rivas is a Tampa injury lawyer with Rivas Law Group, LLC located in Tampa, Florida and Winter Haven, Florida. Tampa Personal Injury Attorney Rivas represents injured victims in Central and Southwest Florida. Attorney Rivas is fluent in Spanish and represents only accident victims, never insurance companies. If you or a loved one has been injured and is seeking an injury lawyer in Tampa, Florida, call us toll free at 877-299-5539 to schedule a free legal consultation with Attorney Rivas. You are not responsible to pay any legal fees or costs unless you win.

Lakeland Ledger
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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