Florida crash kills 24-year-old

Florida motorcyclists are out in full force and the smaller size of the bikes can make them difficult to see in traffic, making it crucial that other drivers on the road check and then check again that a motorcycle is not around before changing lanes or attempting a turn to avoid an accident.

A crash involving a motorcycle and a sedan has resulted in a fatality, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. According to reports, the motorcycle accident happened on July 8 around 6:45 p.m. in Palm Harbor at the intersection of Countryshire Lane and County Road 1. A 74-year-old man was behind the wheel of a 2003 Toyota Camry and reportedly attempting to cross over County Road 1 when the sedan crashed into a 2012 Suzuki motorcycle traveling south.

The 24-year-old rider was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg by air but later died as a result of his injuries. A 73-year-old passenger in the Toyota Camry was also seriously injured and was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital. The passenger’s current condition or injuries was not immediately available. The Toyota’s driver was not injured in the accident.

While the crash was still under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol, officers said they were able to rule out alcohol as a factor. Charges were reportedly pending against the 74-year-old driver.

Motorcycles do not offer the same protection as a car in the case of a crash, meaning the injuries suffered by the rider are often more serious. Even in the case of a fatality, however, it may be possible for a civil suit to be brought against the responsible party by the victim’s surviving family members. Money cannot bring a loved one back, but it can help the family get closure and financial relief from any medical bills or burial expenses.

Source: The Tampa Tribune, “Tampa man dies in Palm Harbor motorcycle crash” Jul. 09, 2014

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