9 Car pile-up claims the life of a motorcyclist

A multi-vehicle pile-up in Polk County today reminds us just how vulnerable motorcyclist can be on the roadways, and further raises our awareness of how to drive safely through fog and smoky conditions; and even more importantly, how critical it is to know your rights:

An early-morning nine-vehicle pileup on a major Polk County highway has left a motorcyclist dead and several injured according to Bay News 9.

According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the traffic crash that happened around 5:00am shut down U.S. Highway 27, in Lake Wales. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, stated that dense fog and smoke from a prescribed burn in the area, on Monday, was reported in the vicinity of the crash, just before the accident.

Motorcyclist Frederick Wood was killed when a semi crossed the center lane and entered northbound lanes of U.S. 27. The semi collided with a silver Ford Expedition and the motorcyclist. After this initial impact, 6 other vehicle collisions resulted in a pile-up.

Low visibility on the roadways can be extremely dangerous and it is necessary for drivers to use extreme caution while driving and to especially be vigilant in watching for motorcyclist on the roadways. Please see our recent blog regarding driving safely in low visibility conditions.

If you or someone you know is ever injured as a result of an accident while driving in unsafe conditions like fog or smoke, or because someone was not looking out for the safety of motorcyclist, you may be entitled to compensation if your injuries were caused by the carelessness of another driver. The assistance of an experienced personal injury lawyer will ensure that your legal rights are protected.


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