A motorcycle accident that occurred on Jan. 4 on Florida’s Turnpike left one 64-year-old man dead. According to the report, the rear-end collision took place at approximately 5:45 p.m. near the Martin Downs Boulevard exit in Stuart.
The man was traveling north on a 2003 Harley motorcycle. He stopped for traffic when he was rear-ended by a 23-year-old female driver who was operating a Honda Civic. The impact from the crash caused the man to be thrown from the motorcycle. He landed in the emergency breakdown lane before being struck by a Ford Edge. He died at the scene of the accident as a result of his injuries.
The woman who caused the accident stated that she failed to see him stop. Officers reported that the man was wearing a helmet at the time the accident occurred. The accident was still under investigation when the incident was report.
Motorcycle accidents often occur for several reasons. One reason, for example, is that drivers are not taught to be on the lookout for motorcycles. Because they are smaller, it makes them less likely to be noticed in poor visibility. Regardless, motorists who cause an accident with a motorcycle can still be held responsible.
Certain family members may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver, especially if their deceased loved one was not at fault. The family can seek financial compensation through this lawsuit, which could assist with medical costs and unexpected funeral expenses. This compensation is usually awarded through the driver’s insurance company. In rare occasions, however, the insurance company may refuse to settle, which means that the family may need to be prepared to take their case to trial.
Source: TC Palm, “Motorcyclist killed in crash on Florida’s Turnpike near Stuart“, TC Palm staff report, January 04, 2014