A 27-year-old man from Bradenton was left in critical condition after he was hit while riding his motorcycle by a vehicle attempting to make a turn.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 7 at the intersection of Parkland Drive and 63rd Avenue East in south Manatee County. The man was on a Kawasaki Ninja sports bike traveling east in the left lane of 63rd, while an 18-year-old Bradenton man was driving a Ford Focus in the left turn lane on 63rd Avenue East.
As the Focus driver attempting to turn left on to Parkland Drive, the front left section of the vehicle hit the motorcycle, with the collision causing the rider to fall off the motorcycle toward a nearby Manatee County Area Transit bus, where he finally came to a stop underneath the bus. He was critically injured and rushed to Sarasota Memorial Hospital to receive treatment.
The FHP continued to investigate the accident.
Failure to yield common cause of motorcycle accidents
In this case, the Focus driver failed to appropriately yield the right of way to the motorcyclist while making a turn. This is one of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents. Because motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles on the road, they are frequently easier to miss, so a person who does not properly check to make sure the way is clear before turning could miss a motorcycle coming in their direction.
To learn more about the steps you can take to hold a defendant liable for a failure to yield motorcycle accident, contact an experienced Sarasota, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.