Articles Posted in Motorcycle Accident

A 29-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a crash early Wednesday morning that happened on Ridge Road and Airway Boulevard around 2:15 a.m.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, the 29-year-old Port Richey biker was traveling eastbound on Ridge Road in the outside lane just east of Airway Boulevard when he lost control and collided with a curb.

The motorcycle then collided with a utility pole. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is unknown at this time what caused the man to initially lose control of the bike.

Contrary to popular belief, not all motorcycle accidents are a biker’s fault. When it comes to losing control of a motorcycle, there are two main reasons this happens, including poorly coordinated braking and turning, which is usually associated with inexperience and hazards on the roadway, such as spills or uneven surfaces. In situations where another party’s negligence resulted in a motorcycle injury or wrongful death, a lawsuit can be file to recover damages.

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A man was killed Saturday after a drunk driver crashed into his scooter while fleeing the scene of another crash, according to New Port Richey police.

The 43-year-old was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a crash involving death.

Police believe the man was traveling westbound on Main Street approaching U.S 19 shortly after midnight.

The man crashed in the back of a car stopped at the intersection, according to police. He left the scene of that crash and then collided with a scooter. The driver of the scooter was killed instantly, according to reports.

The man fled the scene with the driver of the scooter still on the hood of his car. He sideswiped another car while traveling north in the southbound lanes.

Police believe the man entered the parking lot of a Winghouse before hitting a parked car. The crash caused the victim to be thrown from the hood of the car. Bystanders at the restaurant rushed to the scene. They apparently pulled the man out of his car and held him until police arrived, according to authorities.

He was booked into the Pasco County Jail.

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A 31-year-old man is facing aggravated battery charges after the Florida Highway Patrol says he ran over two motorcyclists.

According to troopers, a cell phone video from a witness shows the man turning his silver sedan into a motorcycle on US 41 and County Line Road in Lutz Monday afternoon.

The collision knocked the male driver of the motorcycle and his female passenger off the bike. One of the back wheels of the sedan went up in the air as it drove over the motorcycle.

The car then sped off.

Authorities caught up with the sedan and arrested the man moments later. The sedan had damages consistent with the hit and run crash, according to troopers.

Authorities claim that during interrogations, the man admitted to running over the motorcycle. Authorities said exchanged words between the motorcyclist and the man sparked the road rage.

The man and woman knocked off the motorcycle were treated at the scene.

The man was charged with leaving the scene of a crash with injuries and aggravated battery.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the Land O’ Lakes man has previous driving offenses and has been labeled as a habitual traffic offender.

He has a $35,000 bond.

If you have suffered a catastrophic injury caused in an incident of road rage while on a motorcycle, you need to retain the help of a Pasco County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at Whittel & Melton. We have experience handling motorcycle accident and road rage personal injury lawsuits.

Road rage and motorcycles are a dangerous mix – bikers are at an extreme disadvantage when it comes to protection due to the sheer weight and size of passenger vehicles. The weight of the other vehicle can result in serious injuries, and possibly death, despite protective headwear and other gear. Enraged drivers will often use the size difference as an intimidation factor. Deliberately running a biker off the road, swerving into them, forcing them into oncoming traffic, etc. is never ok. A misunderstanding that results in violence must be dealt with accordingly, and the person who is accused of road rage could be looking at criminal charges in addition to a civil suit.

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A Wesley Chapel woman severely injured in a motorcycle crash at the beginning of April has died from her injuries.

Florida Highway Patrol officials believe the 62-year-old was traveling eastbound on Pasco Road east of Marion Lane when she failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway.

Her motorcycle went off the road and collided with a fence and a tree. The woman was thrown from the motorcycle after the second collision.

Troopers said the woman was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. She was transported to Bayonet Point Hospital for treatment of her injuries, and died on April 12.

Troopers confirmed that alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

Motorcycle accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. One minute you are cruising along the highway just fine and the next you are being ejected from your bike. Losing control of your motorcycle is a scary situation and the results could be catastrophic.

The most common factor that causes motorcyclists to lose control of their bikes is speed. When speeding, bikers do not have enough time to react to an unexpected hazard in the road to avoid a collision. The smallest error can cause a rider to lose control and crash.

Inexperience is another factor that leads to riders losing control of their bikes. Turning on a motorcycle is quite different than turning in a car, and balance is critical to maneuver a turn properly. Most motorcycles have front and rear brake controls enabling them to turn quickly. The brakes should never be used in the middle of executing a turn due to the fact that they can throw off the balance of the bike. Rather, a biker should slow down before a turn and then accelerate through the turn so that the bike maintains its balance and the forward momentum needed to keep the bike upright.

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A Tarpon Springs man died after a motorcycle crash in Pasco County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The accident happened on Friday just after 6 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Leonard Road in Lutz.

The 24-year-old man was riding his Suzuki motorcycle southbound on U.S. 41 when troopers say an eastbound Ford SUV attempted to turn left from Leonard Road onto U.S. 41 and traveled into the path of the man’s motorcycle.

Troopers believe the man tried to avoid a collision with the SUV, but the front of his motorcycle hit the left side of the vehicle.

The man was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital-North where he was pronounced dead. Trooper did say he was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

The driver of the Ford SUV, a 27-year-old man, was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital-North for minor injuries.

The Florida Highway Patrol said charges are pending.

There is nothing worse than losing a loved one in an accident that did not have to happen. During this emotional time, you and your family should not have to deal with added pressures of paying medical bills or funeral costs.

Our Pasco County Wrongful Death Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can make sure you are taken care of after losing someone close you in a motorcycle accident. You can take comfort in knowing that we will handle all the complex paperwork that comes along with filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Let us handle all the legal work for you so that you can focus on what is important – honoring the memory of your loved one and spending time with family.

Insurance companies can be brutal when it comes to motorcycle death cases. Auto and Motorcycle Insurance Adjusters often place blame or liability on the biker with no more investigation than speaking to their own insured. By working with us, we can make sure that the insurance company knows you mean business and will go to court if necessary to get the full compensation you deserve. Insurance companies are notorious for making lowball settlements that won’t even come close to meeting your needs.

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A motorcyclist died after a crash in Pasco County Saturday morning.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the crash happened just before 2:30 a.m. along New York Avenue & Hicks Road.

Troopers believe the 34-year-old was traveling eastbound on New York Avenue and veered off the roadway as he was making a turn.

His motorcycle overturned and he was thrown off of it.

The man died at the scene.

Once you have been notified of the death of your loved one in a motorcycle accident in Pasco County, the shock can take away all other thoughts from your mind. You might even feel like you are not capable of doing anything but grieve, but the reality is that you have to make important decisions for your family. You need to focus on making funeral arrangements and dealing with a list of various other things which you cannot even imagine and, of course, looking at the future and deciding what is best for surviving family members.

The emotional and financial strains created by such a tragedy can seem unbearable, but you may be able to obtain justice and a sense of closure for the wrongful death of your loved one by holding the person who caused the accident accountable. If your loved one’s motorcycle accident was caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another person, you may have the right to file a wrongful death claim, but you must act fast so that you do not miss your opportunity to claim justice for your loved one.

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A motorcyclist injured earlier this week after he smashed into a guardrail has died.

According to officials,  the 31-year-old Spring Hill man was critically injured Wednesday evening while traveling on Little Road approaching U.S. 19.

Reports indicate that he failed to negotiate a left curve and went off the road. The motorcycle then crashed into the guardrail, ejecting the man from the bike.

He was transported to and treated at Bayonet Point Hospital where he passed away Thursday from his injuries.

Officials said the man was wearing a motorcycle helmet at the time of the crash, and the incident was not alcohol related.

Roadside barriers, like guardrails are designed to protect vehicles from running off the road, colliding with trees, or driving off of bridges. Guardrails can be seen all over major highways and roads throughout the country and they are credited with saving countless lives and minimizing accidents and injuries.

However, when it comes to motorcycles, guardrails actually pose a safety risk to riders. Guardrails are designed for larger closed vehicles, not open ones like motorcycles. Even though a guardrail is designed to stop a car from running off the road, a guardrail is more likely to stop a motorcycle and cause the driver to be thrown from their bike, as this case shows.

If you or someone you love was seriously injured or killed in a Pasco County motorcycle accident, regardless of whether it involved a guardrail, you should speak with a Pasco County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at Whittel & Melton. We can review the evidence in your case, identify who was at fault for your injuries, and secure the financial compensation you deserve.

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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.

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A 20-year-old motorcyclist was killed Monday night in a collision with a pickup truck pulling a horse trailer in Zephyrhills.

According to authorities, the Zephyrhills man was driving a Suzuki GSXR south on Fort King Road, behind the truck and 24-foot trailer, around 8 p.m.

When the pickup slowed to turn left onto Phelps Road, the motorcyclist tried to pass the truck and trailer and collided with them, troopers said.

The biker was ejected from the bike and died at the scene.

The driver of the truck, a 19-year-old Dade City woman, and a 16-year-old passenger from Lecanto were uninjured.

No charges have been filed.

Motorcycle accidents result in a higher rate of severe injuries and deaths than collisions that involve only passenger vehicles. Sadly, motorcyclists are significantly more likely to be killed in a traffic collision than passenger-vehicle occupants, even if the motorcyclist is wearing a helmet.

While bikers face much greater physical risks compared to other motorists, it is important to note that they have the same general entitlements as other drivers, including the right to pursue legal action after being hurt in an accident caused by another driver’s negligence.

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A motorcyclist died Saturday night after crashing into a pickup truck that turned in front of him on U.S. 301, according to authorities.

The 45-year-old Zephyrhills man was traveling north on U.S. 301 around 8:50 p.m. when a southbound Ford F-150 crossed into his path attempting to turn onto State Road 39. The vehicles collided, and the man was ejected, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The man was taken to Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, where he later died.

The driver of the pickup, a 44-year-old Zephyrhills woman, and her two passengers were not injured.

The FHP said charges are pending.

According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 4,500 motorcycle drivers are killed each year in traffic accidents and more than 85,000 are injured. That equates to roughly 56 deaths for every 100,000 motorcycles on the road, compared to nine deaths for every car on America’s highways.

If you or someone you love has been involved in a motorcycle vs. truck accident, you need an attorney on your side who can uncover the truth and fight for your rights and those of your family. At Whittel & Melton, our Pasco County Motorcycle Accident Lawyers are familiar with these types of cases and how they must be handled. We will launch an investigation immediately so that you will know exactly what happened before, during and after the motorcycle accident. We will act fast to protect your best interests.

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