LOCAL MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS BRING HOME NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AWARENESS MONTH

0111SMay is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month which stresses the importance of drivers of cars and trucks sharing the road with motorcycles and motorcycle safety. To bring this national initiative home, I am offering readers a review of some recent motorcycle tragedies that occurred on our area. As a local accident attorney, I ask that you please “share the road”, do not drink and drive, and remember that helmets save lives. I also encourage you to read this article, May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month – Floridians take special note.

One Dead One Injured In Ocala Motorcycle Accident
A multi-motorcycle accident with a car on East State Road 40 left one man dead and another injured. Both men were riding motorcycles.

Florida Highway Patrol reported that on February 29 a group of six motorcyclists were riding their Harley Davidson bikes directly behind a 1990 Dodge Dynasty that was pulling a utility trailer west on SR 40. When the Dodge attempted to make a left turn onto SE 183rd Avenue Road, one motorcyclist hit the driver’s side door of the Dodge while a second motorcyclist laid down his bike in the roadway, attempting to avoid the collision. The second motorcyclist claims that the Dodge did not display brake lights or a turn signal immediately before the accident.

The first motorcyclist was flown to Shands at the University of Florida in critical condition. He died two days later. The second motorcyclist received only minor injuries. Neither biker was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Two Motorcycle Accidents Leave Two Dead
A Suwannee County man died on February 11 after his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck. Florida Highway patrol reported that the man was riding a 2007 Honda motorcycle southbound on US 129 at approximately 4:30 p.m. At the same time, a 1998 Dodge pickup truck with two occupants was headed northbound on US 129. The pickup made a left turn onto 110th Street and into the motorcycle’s path. The front of the motorcycle bit the right front of the pickup. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Motorcycle accident on February 27 left a Belleview man dead. Florida Highway Patrol reported that the man was riding a 1999 Harley Davidson motorcycle at approximately 9:36 p.m. on US 441 when he lost control. The motorcycle left the roadway and went into the center median, ejecting the man from the bike at the intersection of US 441 and Southeast 102nd Place. The man was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Two Motorcycle Accidents On The Same Day
Two motorcycle accidents occurred in our community on April 12, taking the life of one rider at the scene and the other and seriously injuring the second rider.

The fatal motorcycle accident occurred in Williston on Southwest 12th Avenue and South Main Street. A 2006 Chevrolet four-door sedan was traveling eastbound on SW 12th Ave. and the motorcyclist was riding from the other direction on SW 12th Ave. The Chevy attempted to make a left turn and failed to see the motorcycle, which resulted in the motorcycle running into the side of the Chevy. The biker, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, was thrown from his 2008 Suzuki. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene by a Levy County paramedic. The driver of the Chevy was not injured.

The second April 12 motorcycle accident occurred in northwest Gainesville. Florida Highway Patrol reports that a Santa Fe College student was critically injured in a single motorcycle crash. The biker was riding on Northwest 23rd Boulevard near the Creeks Edge Condominium, where he apparently lost control of the bike and ran head-on into a palm tree. A walker found the rider with his motorcycle in the woodline. The motorcyclist was taken to Shands at the University of Florida, in critical condition after suffering major head trauma.

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