Motorcycles are popular means of transportation in Florida and throughout the United States. Bikers are obligated to act with caution and in adherence to the same traffic and safety regulations as other motorists. However, even when a motorcyclist is acting in accordance with the law, another driver’s negligence can cause a sudden accident that results in personal injury or death.
On a recent Sunday afternoon just after 1 p.m., a 58-year-old man, who was visiting family in the area, was traveling by motorcycle when a tragic accident occurred. Apparently, the man was not carrying any passengers on the motorcycle at the time. He was heading southbound when the driver of a northbound vehicle pulled directly into his path.
Reports indicate that the motorcyclist attempted to avoid a collision, but his bike overturned and slid into the turning vehicle. The man was ejected from his seat and ended up in a nearby ditch. Rescuers transported him to a nearby hospital. Sadly, he was pronounced dead about two hours later.
The driver of the turning car, a 22-year-old woman, did not suffer any personal injury in the accident. In similar circumstances, a spouse or other immediate family member of the victim in a fatal accident in Florida can seek restitution in court by filing a wrongful death claim against anyone deemed responsible for the crash. This typically allows those whose cases are successfully litigated to obtain a monetary judgment that can help offset funeral costs and provide reimbursement for other documented financial losses.
Source: penbaypilot.com, “Former Wayfarer Marine co-owner, general manager Sandy McGaw killed in Florida motorcycle accident Jan. 17“, Holly S. Edwards, Jan. 18, 2016