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Motorcycle Rider Dies After Hitting Armadillo


Animals are a common sight on Florida’s roadways, from skunks to birds to raccoons to possums. Florida is also home to unique animals not always seen in other states, such as armadillos.

You don’t want to hit an armadillo while driving on the road, especially if you’re on a motorcycle. Armadillos range in size, but regardless, they are tough. They have heavy-duty armor that protects them. Their armor shells are made of bony plates, so hitting one of them with a motorcycle can have serious consequences.

Sadly, this was recently the case for a 45-year-old Zephyrhills man. He died after hitting an armadillo while riding his motorcycle in Tampa. The fatal accident occurred on the evening of May 5.

The man was traveling north on Eiland Boulevard when he hit the armadillo. He lost control of the motorcycle, which flipped over. The man was ejected. Despite wearing a helmet, the man died at the accident scene. It is unknown if the armadillo also died. 

What to Know About Armadillos

Armadillos are common in Florida. These nocturnal creatures can be found in different colors and are known for their protective armor. These mammals also have poor vision, which means they are prone to getting hit by motorcycles, cars, and other vehicles, especially at night.

Armadillos can be a major road hazard. They can range in size from a few inches to 5 feet long. No matter their size, they can cause a lot of damage to vehicles. Here are some reasons why:

  • They have hard armor. This armor can puncture tires and cause damage to the body of the vehicle.
  • They tend to be slow. While armadillos can run as fast as 30 miles per hour, they tend to take things slow, which can make drivers frustrated.
  • They’re high jumpers. Armadillos are known to jump 3-4 feet in the air. Should this happen while on the road, they could end up on the hood of a car. This could lead to a lot of damage.

It’s best to avoid armadillos if possible. But if you do see one on the roadway, you have three main options:

  • Stop suddenly. This works if there is nobody right behind you.
  • Be careful or you could hit another vehicle or go off the road.
  • Hit it. This should be the last resort, as a collision with an armadillo can cause damage under your vehicle.

Seek Help for Your Motorcycle Accident Case

Motorcycles can get into accidents in a variety of ways. Unfortunately, as seen in this case, even hitting a small animal can result in a fatal crash.

Have you been involved in a motorcycle crash? If so, seek legal help from the Dade City & Zephyrhills motorcycle accident attorneys at Mander Law Group. Many motorcycles can get hit by motorists and suffer severe injuries. Let us help you get full and fair compensation. To schedule a consultation, fill out the online form or call (800) 557-0411.


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