Motorcycles are commonly involved in accidents because they can be difficult to see. Despite their common occurrences, motorcycle accidents are still often fatal. Two Florida residents suffered this tragedy when their motorcycle was hit by a garbage truck.
The fatal motorcycle accident happened on the afternoon of Nov. 30 when the couple from Lakeland several hours outside Miami were leaving a Publix supermarket. They were traveling south on Lakeland Highlands Road when a garbage truck crossed their path and the two collided near a subdivision. Witnesses heard a loud crash and then sirens from emergency vehicles.
The 36-year-old woman was found under the garbage truck, while her 48-year-old husband was found in the intersection lying next to the motorcycle. Groceries were strewn all over the road. Both victims died at the accident scene. They were not wearing helmets.
The garbage truck driver applied the emergency brakes and ended up three feet away from the impact. He suffered no injuries. Police are still investigating the accident.
There are a couple of issues that arise from this accident. First of all, the cause of the accident still needs to be determined. Why did the garbage truck driver collide with the motorcycle? Was he unable to see it? Were there other factors at play, such as distractions, weather conditions or glare from the sun? In addition, the victims were not wearing helmets, which could have possibly reduced the injuries. It is unknown what types of injuries the victims suffered, but if they died due to head trauma, then the helmets could have saved their lives.
Florida law does not require motorcycle riders to wear helmets as long as they are at least 21 years old and have at least $10,000 in medical insurance. It is unknown if the victims met the minimum insurance requirements, but if they did, then they were within their rights to not wear a helmet, even though it is smart to do so.
Source: My Fox Tampa Bay, “Lakeland couple killed in motorcycle crash” Shayla Reaves, Dec. 02, 2013