A 21-year-old Zephyrhills man was killed Tuesday in a motorcycle crash.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the man died when his 2005 Yamaha motorcycle collided with a vehicle that turned in front of him on US 301 at Chancey Road in Zephyrhills.
Troopers believe the man was traveling southbound on US 301 when a driver turning left in the northbound turn lane turned his 2002 Oldsmobile into the path of the motorcycle.
The man collided with the Oldsmobile and was pronounced dead at the scene.
As a biker, you are entitled to the same driving rights as other vehicles sharing the road with you. The unfortunate truth, though, is that cars and trucks don’t always respect these rights. In fact, the majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by another driver that has failed to drive responsibly.
Around 65 percent of all motorcycle accidents involving another car happen because the car did not yield the right of way to the biker. Many others are the result of a driver failing to check their blind spot before veering into the lane of a motorcyclist. Even what is referred to as a “near miss” with another vehicle can still result in a devastating accident involving just you on your motorcycle. Regardless of if there was no collision with the car, the other driver’s actions may have caused the accident.