A 47-year-old Port Orange man died in a motorcycle accident in Daytona Beach after a car turned left in front of him.
A Daytona Beach Police spokesman said the motorcyclist was heading west on Mason Avenue when an eastbound vehicle turned left in front of him. The motorcyclist was thrown from his Yamaha motorcycle after the impact. According to police, he was not wearing a helmet.
The Daytona Beach Police spokesman said that the investigation is ongoing, but they don’t expect to file criminal charges against the 25-year-old driver of the vehicle that turned into the motorcyclist.
Florida Highway Patrol offers the following advice to drivers when sharing the road with motorcycle riders:
- Don’t tailgate. An accident that might end up being a minor rear-end fender bender with another car could result in a major injury accident when a motorcycle is involved. Allow more space between yourself and a motorcycle.
- Never try to share a lane with a motorcycle. Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width.
- Be wary of flashing turn signals on motorcycles. Since many motorcycle signals are not self-cancelling, riders often forget to turn them off. A signal may not mirror a motorcyclist’s true intentions.
- Be aware that road hazards that might be minor inconveniences to passenger vehicles can pose serious dangers to motorcycles. A pothole that a car easily traverses across can cause a motorcycle to lose control or go down.
- Always check mirrors and blindspots when changing lanes.
It is the responsibility of every motorist to be aware of motorcycles on Florida’s roads and highways. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident due to a motorist’s inattentive or negligent driving, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Calling a Daytona Beach motorcycle crash attorney at Farah & Farah is a wise move when you are looking for a law firm dedicated to defending your legal rights. Contact us at (800) 533-3555 for a free, confidential consultation.