A motorcyclist and his passenger suffered serious injuries in an accident in Manatee Wednesday, November 23.
According to a news release distributed after the accident, a man driving an SUV failed to yield the right-of-way to the Harley Davidson motorcycle, turning left in front of the bike as it was approaching from oncoming traffic. When the SUV crossed into the northbound section of the street, the bike’s front crashed into its right rear, causing the bike to overturn and eject both the driver and passenger. The two sustained serious injuries, and according to the Florida Highway Patrol, they were not wearing helmets.
The driver of the SUV was unhurt, and police cited him for failure to yield.
Motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries
Failure to yield is a common cause of motorcycle accidents, as bikes are not as easy to see coming as larger vehicles. Motorcycle crashes are particularly dangerous because occupants are not afforded nearly as many protections as drivers and passengers inside cars and trucks. There are no airbags, no side walls and no seat belts to shield riders from a wreck.
Because of this, law enforcement authorities and public safety officials highly recommend that motorcycle riders protect themselves as best they can. This includes wearing helmets and padded clothing that can help prevent road rash.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident due to another party’s negligence, speak with a respected Bradenton personal injury attorney at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh for legal representation.