1 Killed, 1 Injured In Ocala Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycles can be fun to ride, but they’re also small and hard to see. This makes them more prone to accidents. Sadly, a motorcycle rider was killed in a recent crash in Ocala. The fatal accident occurred on the evening of January 10 on Southwest 19th Avenue Road, near 24th Avenue.
A Ford F-150 pickup truck was traveling eastbound on Southwest 19th Avenue Road and entered the left turn lane to turn into a shopping center. At the same time, a Suzuki motorcycle was in the westbound lane on the same road.
The two vehicles collided, with the motorcycle ending up underneath the truck. The victim, a 29-year-old man from Ocala, was taken to HCA Florida Ocala Hospital, where he later died. The driver of the pickup truck was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. He was identified as a 25-year-old man from Ocala.
The Ocala Police Department blocked Southwest 19th Avenue Road for several hours so they could investigate. The crash is still under investigation.
Why Are Motorcycles So Dangerous?
Motorcycles are more dangerous than cars and trucks for many reasons. They are smaller, which makes them less visible. Drivers are prone to crashing into motorcycles because they cannot see them.
Motorcycles are also less stable than four-wheeled vehicles. This means that a slippery road or debris in the road can easily cause the motorcycle to lose control. Swerving or braking can cause a motorcycle to skid.
Motorcycles also have no enclosure for protection, like a passenger vehicle. This means that a motorcycle rider is likely to be ejected. If they are not ejected, then they will likely suffer serious injuries.
Motorcycle crashes are often caused by the following:
- Left turns in front of motorcycles. Motorists often do not see motorcyclists and these crashes can be deadly.
- Hazardous road conditions. Uneven pavement, loose grave, debris, and slippery surfaces can all cause a motorcycle to lose control.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can affect judgment and coordination, making accidents more likely to occur.
- Distracted driving. Texting and other activities while behind the wheel can cause you to lose focus of the road, which can lead to serious accidents.
- Whether the motorcycle or the other vehicle is tailgating, it can result in a rear-end accident.
- Speed kills, with more than 30% of fatal accidents caused by going too fast.
Drivers of passenger vehicles must know that motorcyclists have the same rights to share the road as they do. They must yield the right-of-way when necessary. They also have an obligation to check their blind spots carefully.
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Cars and trucks need to be careful when on the roadways. When they collide with smaller vehicles like motorcycles, they can cause fatal injuries.
Contact the Gainesville motorcycle accident attorneys at Meldon Law for help with your case. You can rely on our firm to fight for the maximum possible compensation available. Schedule a consultation with our office by filling out the online form or calling (800) 373-8000. We have four offices to serve you: Gainesville, Ocala, Fort Lauderdale, and Lake City.