Two people from Bradenton died after their 1997 Honda motorcycle and a 2015 Volkswagen Golf crashed into each other in a Pinellas County accident.
The accident occurred Saturday, July 1. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the motorcycle was heading north on Seminole Boulevard in Largo, while the Volkswagen was approaching the intersection at 114th Avenue North. The driver of the Volkswagen failed to yield the right of way to the motorcyclist.
The Volkswagen’s front driver side collided with the motorcycle, causing its rider to lose control of the vehicle. Both of its passengers, a 40-year-old man and 24-year-old woman from Bradenton, were pronounced dead from their injuries after being transported to Bayfront Medical Center. Both were wearing helmets at the time. The driver of the Volkswagen suffered minor injuries.
Charges to the Volkswagen driver were pending the completion of an FHP accident investigation.
Drivers must be attentive at intersections
One of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents is failure to yield on the part of the drivers of other vehicles. Motorcycles are smaller and can be more difficult to see than other cars and trucks on the road. However, drivers must watch out for them and yield the right of way when appropriate. This includes when making a left turn or when stopped at a stop sign before proceeding through an intersection.
Motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries due to the lack of protection afforded to a rider. If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another party, speak with a trusted Bradenton personal injury attorney at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.