Two motorcycle riders were seriously injured Thursday afternoon in a wreck on State Road 20, according to an article from thedestinlog.com. One man was riding his 1995 Harley Davidson with his passenger. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that they were heading eastbound on SR 20 when the driver rear-ended a 1986 Toyota coupe which was slowing down to turn into a driveway. Both of the men were thrown from the bike and were airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. They are both listed in serious condition.
Fortunately, the two in the Toyota were uninjured even though the force of the crash caused the Toyota to run into a ditch. The passengers in the Toyota were wearing seatbelts. The men had on helmets. FHP reports neither was under the influence. The driver of the Toyota had an open container in the car and was driving with a suspended license, says FHP. FHP says it is possible the motorcyclist will be charged.
Our best wishes are for the recovery of the injured riders after this motorcycle accident. They are in our thoughts.
Florida Motorcycle Injuries
In Florida in 2008, the Highway Patrol reports that more than 17 percent of all traffic fatalities involved motorcycle drivers and their passengers. The positive news is that motorcycle and passenger fatalities decreased from 2007 by 3.3 percent, from 550 to 532 fatalities in 2008.
Nationally, the number of motorcycle fatalities has steadily increased over the past decade to 5,154 deaths in 2007.
Based on this account, it is not clear why this accident occurred. Was another vehicle involved? Was there debris on the road? Or was the motorcycle faulty in some way? Generally the vehicle that hits another from the rear is almost always at fault. It is expected the driver is or should be aware of the vehicle in front of him.
If the driver of the motorcycle was at fault, he or she could be held liable for the accident that causes injuries and death. The victims or their survivors should ask a Florida accident attorney if conditions exist that would allow them to seek compensation to cover medical expenses, the cost of hospitalization, as well as surgeries and rehabilitation, and other expenses.