A 24-year-old motorcycle driver and his 20-year-old female passenger were killed in a high-speed crash in rural Zephyrhills on Saturday night.
The 24-year-old St. Petersburg man was driving a 2001 Suzuki GSR600S south on Fort King Road at a high rate of speed around 8:30 p.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Troopers believe the motorcycle ran into a 2013 Dodge Dart that had turned south onto Fort King Road from Phelps Road.
The man and his passenger were ejected. The man died at the scene. The woman was flown to St. Joseph’s hospital in Tampa, where she later died.
Motorcycle accidents can have a variety of different causes. However, some of the most common causes of Pasco County motorcycle accidents include:
- A car or truck moving into a motorcyclist’s right of way.
- A driver talking on a cell phone, sending a text message or distracted by something resulting in hitting a motorcyclist from behind.
- A driver is drunk or under the influence of drugs and fails to react to a red light or traffic signal, resulting in an intersection accident.
- A driver speeding or weaving in and out of traffic lanes on a highway.
- A motorcyclist coming into contact with road defects, like bumps, potholes, loose gravel or debris.
Sadly, even when wearing helmets and other protective gear, motorcycle accident injuries are usually quite severe. Studies have found that motorcyclists are more than 25 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle accident than occupants of larger vehicles, and five times more likely to be injured. A Pasco County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help you to prove fault in your accident and fight for the financial compensation you need to get life back on track after an accident. Call us today at 727-847-2299 or contact us online for a free consultation.