The body of a 23-year-old from Port Charlotte man who had gone missing was discovered on the afternoon of July 11 after a fatal accident that was likely the result of speeding, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The FHP report stated that the man had been driving his motorcycle, a 2008 Yamaha YZF-R6, north on Sulstone Drive toward the intersection at Rushmore Avenue around midnight the night before. He was driving at speeds far beyond the posted limits, evidenced by about 20 feet of skid marks through the center section of Sulstone Drive’s northbound lanes. The motorcycle eventually began to roll northeast toward a grassy area and collided with a drainage culvert on the south end of a nearby driveway.
The force of the collision reportedly caused the victim to fly nearly 100 feet, vaulting him over the driveway and eventually colliding with a palm tree six feet up. The vehicle broke into several pieces. The man was found by friends who had gone out to look for him, and when they called emergency personnel it was determined that he had died upon impact.
Traveling at safe speeds
Officials from the Florida Highway Patrol remind all motorcyclists to watch their speeds when traveling on the state’s roads and highways. Speeding is dangerous for drivers of all vehicles, but especially motorcyclists, as they don’t have the same ability to stop quickly to hazards. There are also fewer protections afforded to motorcyclists than drivers of cars, as they are very highly exposed to the elements.
If a reckless driver caused your motorcycle accident and you’d like to learn more about your legal options, contact the experienced Bradenton attorneys with Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh right away.