Florida man dies after motorcycle-garbage truck accident

A motorcycle accident on Feb. 20 involving a motorcycle and a garbage truck ended in a fatality. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office reported that the accident occurred around 6:35 a.m. According to reports, the 25-year-old motorcycle driver was riding southbound on Old St. Augustine Road. As the motorcycle continued down the street, a garbage truck coming out of an apartment complex went into the path of the motorcycle.

The driver of the garbage truck apparently did not see the motorcycle coming before pulling the truck out of the complex, and the 25-year-old man died at the scene of the accident. He was reportedly not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Florida does not require motorcyclists to wear a helmet, but failure to do so can result in more serious injury to or even the death of the motorcycle driver or a passenger.

Authorities indicated that the investigation was in its early stages, and it was not immediately clear what kind of charges could be brought against the garbage truck driver. Unfortunately, motorcycles can be involved in accidents not only from the size of the bike being hard to see from a larger vehicle, but also because of inattentive or reckless behavior from other drivers like speeding or changing lanes quickly.

Those who are injured in motorcycle accidents may benefit from talking to someone knowledgeable about the law and the possible compensation options for the victims or their families. While compensation cannot bring back a lost loved one or heal an injury, it can offer some relief from the financial stress of an accident and be a first step forward.

Source: First Coast News, “Man dies in motorcycle crash” Ken Thomas, Feb. 20, 2014

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