A Dade City motorcyclist was killed Sunday morning after being ejected from his bike on Interstate 75 in Hillsborough County.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 61-year-old man’s 2001 Honda drifted off of the road around 9:30 a.m. when it struck a concrete barrier ejecting the man onto the outside lane.
The motorcycle continued along the wall for 280 feet.
The man was apparently not wearing a helmet.
The investigation is ongoing.
Motorcycle crashes present exceptional dangers to bikers that do not exist for drivers of other motor vehicles. Because motorcycles are not enclosed, accidents usually involve a complicated variety of environmental, vehicle and human interactions that are not usually factors in auto collisions. In general, motorcycle accidents are violent occurrences, and serious injuries are typically more common, and sometimes fatal.
Motorcycle accidents result in a high frequency of serious injuries or death. In fact, nearly 80 percent of all motorcycle collisions lead to driver injury or death. There are several reasons why motorcycle accidents can end tragically:
• Motorcycles are open vehicles, and therefore do not offer riders any protection from head or bodily injuries
• The constant threat of being ejected during an accident
• Being thrown from a motorcycle puts bikers at risk for contact with various objects, including the ground, which can be struck with great force
If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident in Pasco County, the Pasco County Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can help you uncover the facts surrounding the accident site, making sure that all responsible parties are held accountable for their negligent actions. When an accidental death occurs due to negligence or defective equipment or parts, surviving family members have the right to seek compensation for death and survival damages from the negligent parties involved.
If you have suffered the loss of a family member in a motorcycle wreck and have questions about your family’s rights, contact the Pasco County Injury Lawyers online or call 727-847-2299.