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Just as National Motorcycle Awareness Month kicks off, a tragic accident in Panama City, Florida has left one motorcyclist dead, and a town mourning the loss of their leader. Joe Landers, Lowell, Arkansas Police Chief, died Friday night after being struck in a hit-and-run accident that occurred on April 27.

According to 40/29 News, Landers, who had been on vacation in Florida, was riding with a group of bikers that was approaching a red light when a car pulled in front of him without signaling. The police chief struck the vehicle, and went over the handlebars landing on the ground.

Unfortunately, the driver of the vehicle fled the scene. When he was apprehended, police charged the driver with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, fleeing the scene of a critical injury accident, and other traffic violations.

Knowing how much his father enjoyed motorcycling, and hoping to prevent this tragedy from happening to another family, Landers’ son, Whitney, said “Awareness is the best thing that can come from this,” when interviewed about the accident. Whitney added, “Be aware on the street, be aware of your surroundings and take a second look before changing lanes.”

ABATE, or American Bikers Aiming Toward Education of Florida, also wants to remind all motorists to pay close attention to motorcyclists when sharing the Florida highways. The rider will change positions when making a move on a bike to adjust to conditions of the road or to make a lane change. ABATE asks motorists to “be aware.”

ABATE of Florida is a statewide non-profit organization comprised of motorcycle enthusiasts from various walks of life that promote motorcycle safety awareness, encourage constant rider training and political awareness. ABATE runs the Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Program, and asks that all motorcyclists and motorists alike participate in the free program.

As May marches on, our Treasure Coast motorcycle accident attorneys ask all Florida drivers to take advantage of the training opportunities and safety campaigns offered to raise awareness of motorcycle safety. ABATE is one good source for information. Also, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers motorcycle safety information.

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