A 20-year-old Florida motorcyclist died May 24 after colliding with another vehicle. State police officials are investigating the accident, which occurred in Potter Township on Route 144. Officers believe the motorcycle rider was traveling at a high rate of speed when he collided with a vehicle turning onto the highway.
The driver of the motorcycle was thrown from his bike and suffered severe chest trauma. Although he was wearing a helmet, his injuries were fatal and he died at the scene. The driver and passenger of the motor vehicle suffered minor injuries and were treated at a local hospital.
Why do motorcycle crashes occur?
Unfortunately, speeding is one of the most common causes of motorcycle crashes. Many use these vehicles for recreational purposes, which may cause some drivers to engage in high-risk behavior. Motorcyclists who speed increase their risk of a fatal accident.
Speeding is dangerous in any type of vehicle, but it is a particularly serious problem for motorcycle riders. These vehicles do not provide much in the way of protection, and even a minor collision or small wobble can send motorcyclists flying from their bikes. Uneven road surfaces and slick conditions increase these dangers.
To help reduce the risk of injuries, motorcycle riders should always follow traffic laws, including posted speed limits. Additionally, riders should be on the lookout for other vehicles at all times and avoid weaving in and out of traffic.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to seek compensation from the parties responsible and their insurance companies. To learn more, meet with a knowledgeable Florida attorney at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh.