A Sarasota motorcyclist died August 31 following a collision with a vehicle that was making an illegal left turn. The rider reportedly died at the scene.
According to Florida Highway Patrol reports, the car was on University Parkway when it made a left turn at a red light, striking the motorcycle. The driver has been charged with failure to stop at a red light.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents
Collisions between motorcycles and cars making left turns are the most common cause of these types of crashes. In fact, they constitute 42 percent of all collisions between a motorcycle and passenger vehicle. Accidents involving left turns typically take place when the motorcycle passes straight through an intersection, passes a car or tries to overtake a car. Because motorcycles are smaller and not enclosed vehicles, riders often suffer serious injuries.
Nationwide, the majority (about 56 percent) of fatal motorcycle accidents involve head-on collisions between a bike and another motor vehicle.
In addition to crashes at intersections, other common issues include speeding, alcohol use and collisions with fixed objects. Road hazards — such as potholes, debris and harsh weather — also pose significant risks for riders. With this in mind, it’s important for motorcyclists to watch out for these hazards and to avoid riding in inclement weather, and the drivers of other vehicles should always be on the lookout for motorcycles on Florida’s roads and highways.
If you’ve been injured in a Florida motorcycle accident, meet with a dedicated Bradenton personal injury attorney at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh right away.