Man Killed In Ocala Motorcycle Crash
Nobody wants to be involved in a motorcycle crash. These are often serious events that result in catastrophic injuries or death, especially if a car or a truck is involved.
A motorcycle and car recently collided in Ocala, causing the motorcycle rider to be ejected. He was killed in the crash. The fatal accident occurred on the afternoon of September 25 at the intersection of Southeast 31st Street and Southeast 36th Avenue.
Two sport bikes were traveling west on Southeast 31st Street. One motorcycle went through the intersection. The other motorcycle was going through the intersection when a Toyota Camry turned left onto Southeast 36th Avenue at the same time. Both vehicles collided, with the impact causing the motorcycle rider to get thrown off the bike. The motorcycle rider was wearing his helmet but it came off. He was killed in the crash.
The rider was identified as a 25-year-old man from Leesburg. The other motorcycle rider, a woman, was not injured. The driver of the Toyota, a 49-year-old man from Ocala, also was not injured.
Both the Toyota and motorcycle had a yellow light at the time of the crash. It’s unknown if speed contributed to the accident. The crash is still under investigation.
Motorcycle Accidents at Intersections
Busy intersections are dangerous for motorcycles because there are so many elements involved. When a motorcycle crashes at an intersection, it is often because of one of the following reasons:
- Distracted driving
- Running a red light
- Obstructions that obscure front or side view
- Failure to yield while making a turn
- Drivers who rear-end a stopped motorcycle
- Poor weather conditions
- Poor visibility
Motorcycle riders can do their part to stay safe and avoid crashes by driving defensively. Here are some ways in which they can be proactive:
- Anticipate other drivers. Look both ways before crossing intersections. Keep an eye out for turn signals, the direction of the car’s tires, and other signs that can help tell you the driver’s next move.
- Increase visibility. Keep your headlights on at all times, even during the day. Wear highly reflective clothing. In low-visibility conditions, drive slowly or avoid riding altogether.
- Brake early. Even if you have a green light, slow down when approaching intersections. If you must stop, brake early to avoid rear-end crashes and keep from losing control.
- Drive defensively. Stay out of other vehicles’ blind spots. Even after a light turns green, make sure the intersection is clear before proceeding.
Contact Us Today
Motorcycles are fun but dangerous. Many motorists do not know how to drive safely around them, so unfortunately, accidents are common.
The Florida motorcycle accident attorneys at Meldon Law understand the extensive treatment that is often needed after a crash. We’ll help you get the medical attention and compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call (800) 373-8000 or fill out the online form. We have four offices to serve you: Gainesville, Ocala, Fort Lauderdale, and Lake City.