A 28-year-old man from Bradenton was killed in a motorcycle accident with a turning vehicle in the southern part of Manatee County.
According to troopers from the Florida Highway Patrol, the man was traveling at a high rate of speed, but may not have born full responsibility for the accident.
The accident occurred just before 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 6 on 15th Street East, north of Tallevast Road. While the man was traveling north on the road, a 39-year-old woman from Bradenton was driving her sedan and was in a left turn lane in the southbound section of 15th Street. She was trying to turn left into a gas station parking lot when the motorcycle crashed into the right side of her vehicle.
The impact sent both vehicles careening, and both came to a rest off the roadway. The motorcycle was wearing a helmet, but passed from his injuries. The woman sustained minor injuries in the accident.
Speed and failure to yield both common causes in motorcycle accidents
All drivers turning left are expected to make sure the way is clear before they proceed to do so. Failure to yield to oncoming traffic with the right of way can result in that driver being considered liable for any ensuing accidents and injuries that occur.
However, all drivers are also expected to drive at a reasonable speed and to abide by the posted speed limits.
Because Florida is a comparative negligence state, cases that involve fault on the part of both parties to an accident can see damages adjusted in accordance with the percentage of fault if the case becomes the subject of a personal injury claim.
For more information about the state’s comparative negligence rules and the steps you should take if you’ve been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL accident lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.