On the afternoon of Feb. 4 in St. Petersburg, a motorcycle crash on Interstate 275 took the life of a 58-year-old Seminole man. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, he was traveling southbound in the inside lane.
The driver of another vehicle did not see the man on the motorcycle and changed lanes, driving directly into his path. When the motorcyclist tried to take evasive action by using the shoulder of the highway, he crashed into a car that was disabled right in front of him. When he hit the back of the disabled car, he was thrown from his motorcycle and pronounced dead at the scene.
The FHP stated that the accident caused a traffic blockage when all of the southbound lanes were closed for several hours. They also said charges were pending until the investigation was finalized.
When motorcycle accidents take the lives of riders, the families of those riders could be confused and dismayed by the entire legal process to pursue compensation. They could be dealing with final expenses and possible loss of income if the deceased was their primary source of financial support. They may not know exactly what their rights are or how to proceed with a lawsuit.
A wrongful death attorney who regularly deals with motorcycle accident cases could help them learn about their options and rights and file a wrongful death suit on their behalf. An attorney could help grieving family members through the difficult time following an accident by taking some of the weight off of their shoulders and handling the case for them.
Source: FOX 13, ““Fatal crash blocks I-275 lanes in St. Petersburg,” Chris Hegarty, Feb. 4, 2015
Source: 10 News, “Motorcyclist dies in I-275 crash in St. Pete,” Feb. 4, 2015