The driver of a Kia is expected to face charges after causing an accident that led to the death of a 40-year-old motorcyclist and injuries to his eight-year-old passenger.
The accident occurred on Friday, February 11. According to representatives from the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at approximately 1:35 p.m. near the intersection of U.S. 41 and 58th Avenue West.
The motorcyclist was heading north on U.S. 41, and the driver of the Kia attempted a left turn into a plaza, striking the motorcycle in the process. The child had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital.
Failure to yield accidents common with motorcycles
Failure to yield accidents are among the most common types of motorcycle accidents. They often occur when a motorcycle is coming from the opposite direction while the driver of another vehicle is attempting to turn left across the road. Because motorcycles have a smaller profile, they are easier to miss than standard passenger cars and other vehicles.
Of course, that’s no excuse—all drivers on the road are expected to make sure the way is clear before they make a left turn and to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic, unless they have a controlled left turn (green arrow). Not seeing a motorcyclist is not a defense.
These types of accidents can be particularly dangerous for motorcyclists, as they do not have as many protections as vehicle drivers due to being exposed and not having seatbelts, airbags and other safety features.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another party’s negligence, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh to learn about your legal options.