Motorcycle crash in Florida kills 1, injures 1

On August 6, a man from Venice died after his 2007 Suzuki motorcycle struck a Lincoln Town Car at approximately 2:20 p.m. on Clark Road in Sarasota County. The car made a turn in front of the motorcycle near the street’s intersection with Interstate 75. A second person on the motorcycle was seriously injured in the crash.

Florida Highway Patrol said the Lincoln’s 82-year-old driver was stopped at the intersection before turning into the motorcycle’s path. He faces a charge of failing to yield the right of way. According to county records obtained by the news source, he failed to obey a traffic-control device in 2003 and completed driver’s school as a penalty.

The collision threw the decedent’s passenger from the bike, and she suffered a back injury as well as a broken leg and ankle as a result. The nature of the back injury was still being determined when the news source reported the incident. She was airlifted to a hospital in St. Petersburg and was in stable condition as of the day of the accident.

The family of the decedent may wish to file a wrongful death suit against the driver of the Lincoln. The charge against him could be used as evidence of negligence per se by an attorney who represented them in such civil litigation. Additionally, a lawyer retained by the family for a civil suit could point toward that driver’s prior traffic violation to assert that he is a habitually negligent driver. A successful wrongful death suit would yield damages for the financial harm caused to the plaintiffs as a result of the man’s death in the motorcycle accident.

Source: Herald Tribune, “Victim of fatal crash on Clark Road is identified“, August 06, 2014