Motorcycles are fun for many people. They offer freedom out on the open road. However, because motorcycles are much smaller than cars and trucks, there are some risks involved. Motorcycle accidents can be very serious and even fatal. A recent accident in North Florida on July 28 proved this point.
The crash happened in Beverly Hills, Florida, in Citrus County. A car pulled in front of a motorcycle and the two collided. The crash caused the man and woman on the motorcycle to be thrown. They were pronounced dead at a local hospital. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, neither victim wore a helmet. The driver, a 28-year-old woman, received a citation for a right-of-way violation.
There has been much controversy over helmet laws. Many motorcyclists claim that helmets restrict their view and they should have the right to decide whether or not they want to wear a helmet. However, helmets have been credited with saving thousands of lives. Many motorcycle riders die from head injuries after hitting the ground. In fact, a person without a helmet is three times more likely to die in a motorcycle crash than a person with a helmet. Had the man and women been wearing a helmet, they may still be alive today.
On the other hand, Florida is one state that does not require motorcyclists to wear helmets, as long as they meet two conditions: They must be at least 21 years of age and have $10,000 or more in medical insurance. However, in this case, although the other vehicle caused the accident, the motorcycle riders contributed to their own injuries and death by refusing to wear helmets. The family of the deceased motorcyclists may attempt to file a wrongful death lawsuit. A personal injury attorney can discuss possible legal options.
Miami Herald, “2 killed in north Fla. motorcycle crash” No author given, Jul. 29, 2013