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A motorcyclist from Palmetto was killed January 8 in a traffic wreck involving a dump truck, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The 49-year-old man was driving a 2007 Harley Davidson. He veered out of his lane and directly into the path of a dump truck.

There were 7,703 motorcycle accidents in Florida in 2012, according to the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Personal injuries were reported in 6,884 wrecks. Fatalities resulted in 394 of the crashes.

Here is the news report from

William Bierbaum, 49, from Palmetto, was driving a 2007 Harley Davidson southbound on County Road 675 north of Rye Road.

About 9:40 AM, Bierbaum drifted into path of a dump truck traveling northbound, striking it in a head-on collision, according to FHP.

Bierbaum was taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office. The dump truck driver was not injured.

No charges have been filed.

In 2012, the Governors Highway Safety Association issued a report on motorcycle safety. According to that study, approximately 4,500 people were killed in motorcycle accidents nationally in 2011. This is about the same number as in 2010.

Survivors of motorcycle crashes are likely to experience shock, stress, confusion and anger. These emotions can cloud judgment and make it difficult to determine what, if anything, to do.

That’s why it is important for a person injured in a wreck – or the family of someone killed – to speak immediately with an experienced Florida motorcycle accident attorney.

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