A 27-year-old man and an 11-year-old passenger were injured while riding on a motorcycle eastbound on Clark Road at Interstate 75 around 2:20 p.m. on Aug. 5. Police say that a Lincoln Town Car being driven by an 82-year-old man that was heading westbound on the road made a left turn in front of the motorcycle, and the motorcycle hit the passenger side of the Lincoln.
The man was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead, and the child was taken to All Children’s Hospital where she was said to be in critical condition. Police say that the man driving the Town Car was cited for failing to yield the right of way. A fundraiser was organized online to help the family pay for the bills associated with the accident.
When a driver is making a left turn, he or she is supposed to wait until all lanes of traffic are clear before making the turn. Otherwise, that driver is considered to in violation of right of way laws. Typically, a driver who has failed to yield right of way to others on the road is considered responsible for any collision that occurs. That driver may then be held liable financially for the medical bills and the final expenses of the deceased.
After fatal motorcycle accidents, talking to a personal injury attorney may make it possible for the victim’s families to pursue a wrongful death case. An attorney may be able to gather evidence from the scene as well as talk to witnesses prior to going to trial or to use as leverage for a possible settlement. If a settlement is negotiated, it may keep the family out of court and enable the family to start the healing process after such a tragic event.
Source: WTSP, “Motorcyclist killed in Sarasota crash ID’d”, August 06, 2014