Motorcyclist Killed, 2 Others Injured in Port Orange Accident
Motorcycles may be fun to ride, but they aren’t the safest vehicles. There is nothing to protect the rider and any passengers, so when the motorcycle crashes, the results can be deadly.
Sadly, this was the case for a man in Florida. The 70-year-old man was killed in a multi-vehicle crash on the afternoon of March 12. He was riding a Harley-Davidson on Tomoka Farms Road in Port Orange. In front of him was a 50-year-old woman driving a Chevy pickup. The Port Orange woman slowed down so she could make a left turn onto County Circle Drive. The motorcyclist could not slow down in time and he rear-ended the pickup truck.
This caused a chain reaction. Behind the motorcyclist was another motorcyclist, a 73-year-old woman from Winter Garden. She was also riding a Harley-Davidson and could not slow down in time. She rear-ended the motorcycle in front.
The male motorcyclist died at the accident scene. The other motorcyclist was hospitalized with major injuries. The woman driving the truck was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.
Causes of Motorcycle Crashes
Motorcycle accidents can happen in a variety of ways, including the following:
- Alcohol use. Drinking and driving is a huge issue for all drivers—even motorcyclists. In fact, it accounts for 50% of all motorcycle crashes. This should no longer be an issue, with rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft on the rise.
- Left turns. When motorists prepare to turn left, they may not see a motorcycle speeding up ahead. It could be a psychological issue, a blind spot or just inattention. In any case, a collision can be deadly. Motorcycles should be prepared for this situation so slowing down in the presence of cars.
- Lane changes. When passenger vehicles change lanes, the drivers may not be looking for motorcycles and other small vehicles. Therefore, some change lanes without accounting for what might be in their blind spots. This causes motorcycles to get hit or run off the road.
- While motorcyclists are known for speeding, other vehicles can travel at excessive speeds. Drivers may not be able to stop in time, causing rear-end accidents and other serious crashes.
- Road conditions. Motorcycles have just two wheels, and this lack of balance can cause them to lose control in even seemingly minor situations, such as road debris, puddles, oil slicks and potholes. Because of this, motorcyclists should avoid speeding and they should be aware of the road at all times.
Seek Help for Your Motorcycle Accident Case
Motorcycle accidents are often the most serious types of crashes. Those involved can suffer serious, long-term injuries. Some are not lucky enough to survive.
A victim and their family can suffer many damages from a crash. It can be hard to pay for medical bills and other expenses, especially if a person is unable to work. Get the help you need from the Dade City & Zephyrhills motorcycle accident lawyers at Mander Law Group. Our aggressive team will fight for your rights. Call our office at (800) 557-0411 and schedule a free consultation today.