A motorcycle and a car collided killing the motorcycle rider and seriously injuring the driver of the car. The accident happened around 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at the intersection of 62nd Ave. N and 25th Street in Pinellas Park.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the driver of the passenger car turned into the path of the motorcycle causing the collision. The motorcyclist died later at Bayfront Health, St. Petersburg. They took the driver of the car to Bayfront and listed them in serious condition.
Police say that the accident is still under investigation and that charges against the driver of the car are pending.
Left Turn Motorcycle Crashes
Unfortunately, after a crash, many drivers say they never saw the motorcycle coming. When a car makes a left in front of a motorcycle, even the best riders are often unable to avoid a collision.
Compared to occupants of an automobile, motorcyclists are not protected by a vehicle. In almost every motorcycle accident, the rider gets knocked off the motorcycle and strikes the pavement. There are common injuries that motorcycle accident victims endure, they are:
- Traumatic Brain Injury: The head often hits the pavement or the other vehicle which puts the rider at risk for serious head injuries—even if wearing a helmet.
- Facial Injuries: Many times, the riders face can sustain serious injuries due to the open-faced helmet leaving the face unprotected.
- Broken wrists: Riders often grip their handles tight in anticipation of the crash causing a severe break.
- Chest/Rib Injuries: Riders often hit their handlebars which can cause severe compression injuries to the chest. These injuries include broken ribs and lung punctures.
- Road Rash: This happens when exposes skin comes into contact with the pavement and can be similar to burn injuries.
- Deep Bruises: Many times, the double impact (first impact and then with the road) can cause deep and severe bruising.
Do I need an Attorney?
If you or a loved one is involved in a motorcycle accident and are seriously injured, you need to at least talk to an attorney. You don’t have to hire one to make a claim, but before you do anything, talk to someone who can advise you of the law and your rights. If a loved one died you should also be aware of wrongful death claims as well.
The insurance company has one job to do, and that is to pay you as little as possible. It’s not personal, it’s their job. You need an attorney who knows the law and can go up against the insurance company on your behalf.
Contact a Florida Motorcycle Accident Lawyer.
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