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Florida has built a reputation for being a attraction for seasoned motorcycle riders due to its beautiful scenery and roadways. However, every year Florida is typically in the top 3 states for motorcycle fatalities. While no motorcyclist thinks they will be injured or killed in a motorcycle accident while cruising down the highway, their lives can be changed or lost when they become involved in a serious crash.

On August 1, a 49-year-old motorcyclist and his 50-year-old female passenger, both from Miami, were killed after the 2011 Harley-Davidson motorcycle they were riding collided with a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado on Florida’s Turnpike around 9:17 p.m.

FHP investigators say the motorcycle was traveling with a group of motorcyclists northbound in the outside lane of the Turnpike near mile marker 142, north of the Port St. Lucie interchange. The motorcyclist was merging into the inside lane in front of the Silverado to get past the vehicle when he lost control of his bike. The rear tire of the motorcycle slid. The bike overturned onto its right side, throwing off the rider and the passenger onto the roadway. The Silverado slowed down quickly, but still struck the motorcyclist and his passenger, who both landed in front of the Silverado. Both victims died at the scene of the Port St. Lucie accident.

Motorcycle accidents often cause more serious injuries than most other types of traffic accidents. When a motorcycle collides with a larger vehicle, the riders are more vulnerable to injuries than occupants of the other vehicle. This is because riders are often ejected at high speeds and can be hit by a vehicle after landing on the roadway, as what occurred in the recent Turnpike motorcycle accident.

Each motorcycle accident case needs to be thoroughly investigated by to determine liability. This case appears to be simple, but automobile driver negligence is also the cause of motorcycle accidents. Speeding, inattentive, or distracted driving and poor weather conditions are often to blame in crashes involving cars and motorcycles. Drivers need to be extra attentive when they are driving close to motorcycles as a split second distraction or delayed reaction time can lead to catastrophic results… usually at the cost of the motorbike rider.