64-year-old motorcyclist killed on the Florida Turnpike

On Jan. 4, a motorcyclist was killed in a crash on the Florida Turnpike in Martin County. Firefighters arrived at the scene of the accident at around 5:45 p.m., and the 64-year-old victim from Georgia was pronounced dead at the scene. The motorcyclist had been riding his 2003 Harley and travelling northbound on the Turnpike in the outside lane when he noted traffic ahead and slowed down. A 23-year-old driver of a Honda Civic did not notice that the motorcyclist had reduced his speed and hit him from behind.

The crash threw the man from his motorcycle into the emergency shoulder lane, and he was subsequently struck by a Ford Edge being driven by a resident of Jupiter. The man succumbed to his injuries, despite the fact that he had been wearing a helmet when the accident occurred. The Florida Turnpike was closed for approximately four hours following the accident.

Very shortly after the fatal car accident involving the motorcyclist, firefighters were called to the scene of another accident on the northbound Florida Turnpike. Although no one was fatally injured in the other crash, which took place only two miles south of the accident involving the motorcyclist, three people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol is looking into the accident.

Even when motorcyclists take safety precautions such as wearing a helmet, they are still at a greater risk of injury or death than drivers or passengers in automobiles. Drivers must be cautious of everyone on the road, and they need to leave enough space between themselves and the vehicle in front of them in case of sudden stopped traffic. A wrongful death attorney may be able to file a lawsuit on behalf of the victim’s family members against a negligent driver who caused a fatal accident.

Source: TC Palm, “Motorcyclist killed in crash on Florida’s Turnpike near Stuart“, January 04, 2014

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