A 26-year-old man from Hudson, Florida, passed away from injuries he suffered in a motorcycle crash the evening of Tuesday, April 3.
According to reports from the Florida Highway Patrol, a Chevrolet Avalanche was attempting to make a U-turn on U.S. Highway 41, just south of 69th Avenue. While doing so, the Avalanche reportedly crossed into the path of the motorcycle. While trying to avoid the truck, motorcyclist flipped over and collided with the side of the larger vehicle.
The rider was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and the two passengers inside the Avalanche were not hurt. Police continued to investigate the accident to determine fault.
Failure-to-yield accidents common with motorcycles
Among the most common issues in motorcycle accidents is failure to yield. Motorcycles are smaller than most other vehicles on the road, which can mean they are not quite as easy to spot. Drivers must be extra careful, especially in a state like Florida where the warm weather allows people to ride motorcycles throughout the year.
Motorcyclists can make themselves more visible by wearing bright, reflective clothing and having their lights on at all times. Still, it is the responsibility of any driver making a left turn or U-turn to yield to all oncoming traffic and notice any cars, trucks or motorcycles heading in their direction.
A driver who fails to yield to oncoming traffic and causes an accident and injuries could be liable to cover the victim’s medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages.
For more information on how you can proceed after a serious motorcycle accident in Florida, meet with a dedicated Sarasota personal injury lawyer at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.