Man Killed In Milton Motorcycle Crash
Motorcycles need to be aware of their surroundings while driving. This means they need to avoid driving too closely to other vehicles. A sudden stop can lead to a fatal rear-end crash.
This was recently the case in Milton, when a motorcyclist was killed in a crash. The 33-year-old man died after rear-ending a tow truck.
A tow truck was traveling east on U.S. 90, near Star Rider Trail. The driver slowed down to turn into a driveway. Behind the driver was a motorcycle. The motorcyclist, a man from Pensacola, could not slow down in time, causing him to rear-end the tow truck. The rider died from his injuries. No other details about the crash were released.
Rear-End Crashes Involving Motorcycles
Whether a motorcycle is hit from behind or rear-ends another vehicle, the result is often catastrophic or even deadly. These types of accidents can happen in various situations:
- At intersections
- At railroad crossings
- In slowing traffic
- Around blind curves
- When changing lanes in traffic
- When making turns
Most of these accidents occur on state highways and local streets. Rear-end crashes can be caused by driver-related factors, such as:
- Distracted driving
- Aggressive driving
- Drunk driving
Motorcycles are smaller and are able to stop faster than larger passenger vehicles, so motorists need to keep this in mind when traveling behind motorcycles.
Liability in a Rear-End Crash
Rear-end accidents are very common due to distracted drivers not focusing on the road and watching where they are going. This makes liability in such a crash fairly easy.
In a rear-end accident, the person in the back is typically the one who is held liable. This is because drivers are required to keep their distance from other vehicles. They should not be tailgating them in case the vehicle has to suddenly stop due to a hazard or traffic. If they drive too closely, accidents are more likely to occur and the vehicle who does the rear-ending will most likely be held liable.
There are some exceptions though. For example, if the driver in front is brake checking the other vehicle — which means repeatedly slamming on the brakes for no reason — then they can be held liable. Other situations in which the driver in front could be held liable include:
- Not fixing broken brake lights
- Driving with a flat tire or other equipment/mechanical problem
- Suddenly going in reverse
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Motorcycle crashes can be serious, especially when tow trucks and other large vehicles are involved. Rear-end ones can especially cause a lot of damage as well as severe injuries and death.
Involved in a motorcycle crash? Seek legal help from the Florida motorcycle accident attorneys at Meldon Law. Motorcyclists have the same rights as other drivers. Let us help you get you the compensation you deserve. We have three offices to serve you: Gainesville, Ocala, and Fort Lauderdale. Schedule a consultation today. Call (800) 373-3000 or fill out the online form.