Riding a motorcycle in Florida is a common activity seen and enjoyed by residents and visitors of the state. Although these small vehicles frequent the roadways across the state, some drivers fail to notice them in their surrounding area. This often occurs when a driver does not double-check their mirrors and blind spots. Furthermore, these small vehicles can easily go unnoticed if a driver does not take the time to yield to oncoming traffic and check for all vehicles before making a turn or traveling through an intersection. Failing to do so could result in a serious collision.
Authorities in Tampa were recently dispatched to a fatal motorcycle accident that occurred on North Habana Avenue. According to reports, a van was traveling out of an apartment complex when they collided with a motorcycle. Police believe that the motorcyclist switched to the inside lane of the roadway when the van attempted to turn onto the road.
Emergency crews transported the 37-year-old female motorcyclist to the hospital in critical condition where she later died. No injuries were reported to the driver of the van. Investigation is still ongoing and no charges have been filed at this time.
Following investigation, authorities should be able to establish cause, fault and liabilities. The driver at fault for a fatal accident could face civil actions. The loved ones of the deceased could file a wrongful death claim. This could help them recover compensation to cover expenses such as medical bills, funeral costs, lost wages and other related damages.
A negligent driver could easily be the cause of a serious or fatal crash. Those involved should ensure they take the proper steps to fully investigate the incident. This will assist them with any actions they decide to take following the death of their loved one while also protecting their rights and interests.
Source: News Talk Florida, “1 Dead in Tampa Motorcycle vs Van Accident,” July 31, 2014