Florida is known for its temperate, warm climate, which lends itself to nearly year-round motorcycle riding. As a result of this, many Floridians have a motorcycle that they use, if not for their main means of transportation, as a secondary vehicle. At the same time, Florida is also known for its bad drivers. And as anyone who has ridden a motorcycle knows, bad drivers and motorcycling don’t mix.
In all, nearly 500 motorcyclists are killed each year in Florida motorcycle accidents. According to one recent government study, this represents the most fatal motorcycle accidents in any state. In fact, aside from Texas (which is just slightly behind Florida), Florida has nearly three times the number of fatal motorcycle accidents as any other state.
The duty to prevent Florida traffic accidents rests with all motorists, but when it comes to multi-vehicle motorcycle accidents, there is a common theme. More often than not, these accidents are caused by another motorist failing to take notice of a motorcycle. This may result in a motorist changing lanes into a motorcyclist, or a motorist attempting to make a left turn in front of an approaching motorcycle. In either case, a distracted driver can be held liable for injuries caused by their negligence through a Florida personal injury lawsuit.
Young Man Killed in Gainesville Motorcycle Accident
A few weeks ago, one man was killed and several others were hospitalized after an accident involving a motorcycle and another vehicle. According to a local news report, the collision occurred in Gainesville in the early evening hours. Evidently, a motorist was attempting to make a left turn into an apartment complex in front of an approaching motorcycle.
The 18-year-old motorist misjudged the amount of time she had to complete the turn, and she collided with the motorcycle, throwing the rider off the bike and onto the pavement. The motorcyclist was taken to the hospital, where he died a short time later due to the injuries he sustained in the crash. Two others who were in the car at the time of the accident were also transported to the hospital and are expected to make a full recovery.
Police have begun a full investigation into the fatal motorcycle accident but do not believe that it will be complete for several months. There was no indication that speed, drugs, or alcohol were involved.
Have You Been Injured in a Florida Motorcycle Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a Florida motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The dedicated South Florida personal injury lawyers at the law firm of Cecere Santana have extensive experience handling all types of Florida injury claims, including motorcycle accident cases. We provide our clients with thoughtful, diligent, and intelligent representation from the moment the case is filed up through settlement or trial. To learn more, contact us at 800-753-5529 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with an attorney.
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