A 25-year-old student from the Florida Institute of Technology was recently killed in a motorcycle accident while driving on Dairy Road in Melbourne. While driving his motorcycle, he was passing through an intersection as the traffic signal turned to yellow. A driver of a 2006 Hyundai attempted to make a left turn at the same time from the opposite direction, and struck the student on his motorcycle as he passed through the intersection. The student was wearing a helmet, but his injuries as a result of the accident were too much to overcome.
The events surrounding the accident are currently under investigation, and so far there have been no charges filed in the case. But it is certainly a tragic loss for the Florida Tech community, and it is the second time in less than a month that the university has lost a student in a car accident on Florida roads. A 21-year-old student and member of the Florida Tech football team was also killed in a car accident several weeks prior to this accident.
This case is an example of the kind of dangers that motorcyclists face every time they go out on the road. As they are much more exposed than drivers of cars or trucks, an accident situation opens up the possibility of much more severe injuries and a greater chance of death.
Many motorcycle accidents are due to fellow drivers not seeing the motorcyclist in their rearview mirrors. In this case, however, the driver of the Hyundai likely should have been able to see the student coming through the intersection. If the student’s family were to file a wrongful death claim, they could be successful if they are able to prove that the Hyundai driver was negligent in making the left turn when she did.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries on a Florida road or highway, consult the knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorneys at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh in Bradenton.