A woman was killed and a man was seriously injured at about 2 p.m. on November 16 when the motorcycle they were riding was involved in an accident. The 64-year-old woman and 59-year-old man were headed west on State Road 520 in Cocoa when a car turned into their path.
The car, a Chevy Impala driven by a 27-year-old woman, was allegedly making a left turn from Satellite Boulevard at the time of the accident. The motorcycle collided with the left side of the car. Both motorcyclists were thrown from their vehicle in the collision, and neither was wearing a helmet at the time, according to law enforcement. The accident remains under investigation.
Keeping an eye out for motorcycles at all times
In Florida, it is nearly always the right weather for biking, so drivers need to watch out for motorcycles at all times. An accident involving a motorcycle and another vehicle is most likely to occur when the other vehicle is turning or switching lanes and doesn’t notice the bike. The Florida Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Office encourages motorist awareness and reminds drivers to always check blind spots and use turn signals.
Staying safe when you ride
As a motorcyclist, there are steps you can take to prevent accidents and improve your chance of surviving a collision. Wearing a helmet and other protective gear may help you survive an accident, but won’t prevent a collision. Making sure other drivers notice you is an easy way to avoid dangerous situations. Wearing reflective clothing or tape can make you easier to spot. Taking advanced riding courses is a great way to learn accident avoidance techniques. Finally, loud bikes save lives. If a driver can hear you coming, they are more likely to notice you.
If you have been hurt in a motorcycle wreck in Florida, speak with a Bradenton motorcycle accident attorney at the firm of Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh to learn about your legal rights.