An 18-year-old man on a motorcycle lost his life on Tuesday evening, April 19, in a collision with a car in Manatee. The Bradenton Herald says the teen was traveling northbound on U.S. 41 when the driver of a Mustang turned left in front of him near Montgomery Avenue. Charges are pending against the 25-year-old female Mustang driver. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet, but he died at the scene.
Our condolences go out to the friends and family of this young man who had his entire life ahead of him. We are sorry for your loss.
Motorcycle accident fatalities in Florida, including both the driver and passenger, dropped 24 percent between 2008 and 2009 from 532 to 402, according to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles and Highway Safety. Meanwhile nationally, motorcycle crashes have increased every year between 1997 and 2008, a 150 percent increase. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the past, typically motorcycle fatalities had occurred among young people, but in 2008, more than half of those killed in motorcycle crashes were age 40 and older.
There is not a week that goes by that we don’t hear of a car that turns in front of a motorcycle killing or injuring the rider. The Share the Road campaign is designed to create awareness among motorists that they must understand there are other modes of transportation on our roadways including bicycles and motorcycles. Sadly, some people are not driving defensively or with any awareness of their surroundings.
The pain of losing a loved one in a motorcycle crash is even more tragic when a motorist was at-fault and the crash was entirely preventable. Facing mounting medical bills or a lost income, families would be well-advised to determine the extent of fault of the motorist. Under Florida law, the family can recover the costs associated with the crash as well as pain and suffering, lost future wages, and the loss of companionship for both the wife and the children.
The Florida motorcycle accident lawyers at Farah & Farah has an open door to the injured survivors or the family members of those killed in a motorcycle accident. Talk to us to see if there are conditions that would allow you to seek compensation for your loss.