A 58-year-old New Port Richey man is in the hospital with critical injuries after a motorist, who was later charged with driving under the influence (DUI), turned left into him while he was riding his motorcycle.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), a 51-year-old motorist was driving his 2006 Ford Focus east on Old County Road 54 when he attempted to turn left onto St. Lawrence Drive and struck the front of the victim’s Harley-Davidson.
FHP reported that the motorcyclist was rushed to Regional Medical Center in critical condition, but no further word of his condition has been released. FHP didn’t reveal if the motorcyclist had been wearing a helmet at the time of the Florida motorcycle accident.
The motorist and his 45-year-old passenger were uninjured in the Florida drunk driver motorcycle collision, but he was charged with driving under the influence with serious bodily injury. He was also charged with a right-of-way violation.
The most common type of crash involving a car and a motorcycle is at an intersection when a vehicle makes a left turn in front of a motorcycle. The chance of this happening becomes even more pronounced if the “left-turner” is impaired or distracted — or both.
Experts constantly emphasize that when motorists turn left in front of motorcycles, chances are they never even saw them. Motorcyclists need to make themselves as visible in traffic as possible — whether it is by wearing brightly colored clothing and helmets or running the high beams on their motorcycles while they are riding. Also, motorcyclists need to be constantly aware of their environment to be able to anticipate trouble and avoid it.
Protecting Your Legal Rights
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent motorist, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages. A Tallahassee motorcycle accident attorney at Farah & Farah has the experience you’ll need to get the compensation you deserve. You can begin your road to recovery with a simple (and free) phone call — (800) 533-3555.