During warm summer months, there’s nothing better than heading out on your motorcycle. You have the freedom to move around the state, and you don’t have to worry about spending all your money on fuel. While motorcycles provide many benefits, they also have drawbacks in that they aren’t as safe if you’re hit by another car, and they offer little protection to you if you wreck.
Even a moderately slow accident can result in death for a motorcyclist. That’s what happened in this case, when a driver pulled out in front of a motorcyclist before the vehicles collided. The Florida Highway Patrol has reported that a motorcyclist was killed after getting into a head-on crash in Sorrento. The 40-year-old motorcyclist had been traveling on County Road 46A at the time of the accident. The driver of the other vehicle was a 24-year-old man from Ocala.
When the accident happened, the 24-year-old man from Ocala had been driving his GMC pickup. Suddenly, he crossed into the southbound lanes and hit the motorcyclist head-on. Since the motorcyclist was unable to avoid the crash, the motorcycle overturned. The truck did as well. Following the accident, the 24-year-old driver had to be taken to Florida Hospital Waterman for the treatment of minor injuries, but the 40-year-old motorcyclist did not survive.
There has been no information on if the 24-year-old man will be charged. It will need to be determined if he was distracted or being negligent. If he was sleeping behind the wheel, on the phone, texting or being negligent in any way, he could face charges.
Source: Orlando Sentinel, “FHP: Motorcyclist killed after head-on collision in Sorrento,” Jerry Fallstrom and Tiffany Walden, June 24, 2015