A 20-year-old motorcyclist was killed in an accident at a gas station in Bradenton on the evening of Thursday, January 2.
According to local law enforcement, the victim was heading into the driveway of the 7-Eleven on Whitfield Avenue near 15th Street East at approximately 9:30 p.m. He was heading west on Whitfield and turning right into the station. While doing so, a 34-year-old man from Sarasota driving a 2019 Chevy Camaro east on Whitfield was also turning left into the driveway of the gas station.
The victim tried to veer to his left to avoid a collision with the Camaro, but his motorcycle hit the right rear side of the Camaro. He was thrown off his motorcycle and transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital, where he later passed from his injuries. Police continued to investigate the crash in the aftermath.
Right of way a frequent issue in motorcycle accidents
Right of way tends to be an issue at the forefront of motorcycle accident cases. Drivers turning left are expected to yield to other drivers who have the right of way to proceed straight or turn right. A failure to yield can result in that driver being held liable for any vehicle damage and injuries that occur.
Drivers frequently fail to see motorcycles coming because they are smaller and not as obvious, especially at night time, but “I didn’t see them!” is not a valid excuse. For more information about how to proceed with a personal injury claim if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.