Motorcyclist Critically Injured in Left-Turn Accident in Pinellas Park

Multiple news outlets reported a motorcyclist suffered serious injuries Monday, May 31st, in a crash with a Ford F-150 pickup on U.S. 19. The accident was reported at 8:40 PM. The F-150 was making a left turn from U.S. 19 into a parking lot at 9359 U.S. 19 when it collided with a 2008 Suzuki motorcycle heading north in the curb lane. The truck entered the curb lane, and the motorcyclist laid the bike down and collided with the front end of the truck. The motorcyclist was taken to a nearby hospital with critical injuries. Our thoughts go out to the victim of this devastating accident, and their loved ones.

Cause of the Accident Is Under Investigation

Motorcycles have a narrow profile and unfortunately, are extremely vulnerable to left-turn accidents when a car makes a left turn and fails to yield. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that unfortunately, this scenario (a vehicle driver turning left into the path of a motorcycle going straight) accounts for an estimated 42% of all accidents involving a motorcycle and another vehicle. 

The cause of the accident remains under investigation. IonTB reported that “ neither speed nor impairment was a factor in the causation of the crash.” Based on the limited information available, it is not clear what happened. Investigators will look at whether the driver should have seen the motorcyclist, or if any other factors were involved. A driver who fails to yield to the path of a motorcyclist may be liable for an accident, and the resulting injuries or deaths. 

Under Florida Vehicle Code 316.122, the driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left within an intersection or into an alley, private road, or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction, or vehicles lawfully passing on the left of the turning vehicle, which is within the intersection or so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard.

Avoiding Left-Turn Accidents 

Drivers making left turns should always consider the possibility of a bicyclist or motorcyclist being in the area – and always look for them. The NHTSA recommends drivers take certain steps to reduce the likelihood of a left-turn collision: 

  • Slow down at intersections and ensure nobody is in your blind spots 
  • Visually scan for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists 
  • Use rear and side view mirrors 
  • Proceed with caution. 

The NHTSA says “I just didn’t see him” is a common claim after a left-turn accident – and 41% of all motorcycle crashes are due to drivers failing to see motorcycles. Failure to see a driver does not absolve a driver or reduce the degree of negligence and fault. Left-turn accidents are avoidable and preventable, and drivers must take precautions to avoid collisions.  Understanding the blind spots on your vehicle can greatly improve your odds of avoiding a collision with a motorcyclist or bicyclist. 

Discuss Your Potential Case With a Qualified Attorney 

Accident victims and their family members are well-advised to contact an experienced and reputable Florida personal injury lawyer as soon as possible following an accident. The Coleman Law Group offers a free consultation to answer your questions and discuss your legal rights. If we represent you in your case, we will not charge any legal fees unless we recover money for you. 

St. Petersburg Man Killed May 4th in Left-Turn Motorcycle Crash in Seminole

A 38-year-old St. Petersburg man was tragically killed May 4th in a left-turn accident in Seminole, Tampa Bay News Weekly reported. The victim was reportedly riding a motorcycle eastbound on Park Boulevard approaching 84th Lane North at about 6 a.m., when a pickup truck traveling westbound made a left turn at the intersection. The pickup truck and motorcycle collided at the intersection, and the motorcyclist, who was wearing a helmet, suffered fatal injuries. The impact of the collision caused the motorcycle to break apart, IonTB reported. The driver of the pickup truck, who was also 38 years old, was not hurt. 

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Our thoughts go out to the family of the victim of this crash. Losing a loved one unexpectedly is heartbreaking and devastating, with far-reaching emotional and financial effects on family members. 

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Suspected DUI Left-Turn Motorcycle Accident Kills Motorcyclist April 24th in Clearwater

A 29-year-old man was tragically killed when a vehicle turned left in front of his path on the Courtney Campbell Causeway, CBS 10 Tampa Bay reported. The fatal accident was reported at 11:22 PM on April 24th, on the Courtney Campbell Causeway near Bayshore Boulevard. According to the news report, a 57-year-old man was heading west on Courtney Campbell Causeway when he turned left into the path of a motorcycle driven by a 29-year-old man. Cones had been placed to prevent motorists from making left turns at the point in the causeway, Clearwater Police Department officers reported. 

The motorist reportedly admitted to smoking crack cocaine early in the day. He also had a surgical procedure earlier in the day, after which he received narcotics. and had left the medical facility against medical advice. The cause of the accident remains under investigation by the Clearwater Police Department. Our thoughts go out to the family and loved ones of the victims of this crash. Losing a loved one unexpectedly is heartbreaking, and the effects of a loss are far-reaching. 

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Tampa Man Arrested April 14th For February 3rd Fatal Motorcycle Accident

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 30-year-old man on Wednesday, who was suspected as a driver in a suspected DUI accident that killed a motorcycle more than two months ago. 

The February 3 suspected DUI accident occurred on February 3, 2021, in the parking lot of The Preserve at Mobbly Bay Apartments on the 8000 block of Solano Bay Loop in Tampa.  According to police reports, the suspected DUI driver was traveling westbound on Solana Bay Loop in a 2016 Dodge Ram, when he turned in front of a motorcycle going eastbound. The motorcyclist was caught underneath the truck, which continued travelling until a witness bystander caught the attention of the driver to stop. 

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Man Tragically Killed April 5th in Left-Turn Motorcycle Accident in St. Petersburg

A 27-year-old man was tragically killed Monday, April 5th in an intersection motorcycle accident in St. Petersburg, WTSP News reported. The fatal crash involved a motorcycle and Toyota Camry sedan, and occurred at the intersection of  18th Avenue S. at 34th Street S., at 4:35 PM.

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 A St. Petersburg Police Department press release reported the driver of the sedan was traveling northbound on 34th St. S, turning west onto 18th Avenue S. when it collided with the southbound motorcycle. The motorcycle struck the Camry and then another vehicle before catching fire. The impact of the collision caused the motorcyclist to be ejected. He was taken to a hospital where he died of his injuries. The driver of the Camry, an 80-year-old man, suffered minor injuries. 

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Left-Turn Motorcycle Accident in St. Petersburg Leaves Two Dead, Two Injured

A St. Petersburg left-turn accident sadly took the lives of two people last week. According to the NHTSA, 42% of fatal motorcycle accidents involve a common scenario: a motorcycle going straight, and a passenger turning left. Unfortunately, this deadly scenario occurred recent in St. Petersburg, at the intersection of 4th Street and Roser Park Drive South. The fatal accident occurred in the early morning hours of Friday March 5, 2021. 

According to the news report by CBS Tampa Bay, a grey Chevrolet Trailblazer was traveling northbound on 4th Street South, when it turned left onto Roser Park Drive South. Meanwhile, a red Suzuki motorcycle was traveling southbound onto 4th Street South. The motorcycle collided with the passenger side of the Trailblazer. The motorcyclist passed away at the scene of the crash. The driver and two passengers of the Trailblazer were taken to the hospital, where one of the passengers passed away. 

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Protecting Your Legal Rights Before And After A Florida Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle accidents happen every day in Florida. In 2021, one of the first motorcycle accidents of the year happened on New Years’ Day. The hit-and-run motorcycle accident in Clearwater resulted in critical injuries for a motorcyclist. The driver of the vehicle involved in the collision, a 36-year Clearwater man, was later charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an injury crash, and driving with a suspended or revoked license. Unfortunately, incidents like this one happen far too frequently. 

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) reported that in 2020, there were 7,978 motorcycle accidents in Florida, resulting in 6,917 injuries and 498 deaths. Without the protection offered by a vehicle, motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable to injuries like traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputation injuries, and broken bone injuries. 

At the Coleman Law Group, we have seen firsthand how a motorcycle accident in Florida can cause a catastrophic injury or tragic death. Our founder Constance D. Coleman has experienced the devastation of a motorcycle accident personally, in her immediate family. In today’s blog, we will explore some of the ways you can protect yourself before and after a Florida motorcycle accident. 

#1 – Carry Adequate Insurance

Florida has the highest uninsured driver rate in the country, and many drivers are not licensed or have had their license revoked, often due to being unable to pay ticket fees. In November 2020, Forbes reported that one in four drivers in Florida doesn’t have insurance, and that there are nearly 2 million drivers on Florida roads that are driving with a suspended license. 

If you drive a car or operate a motorcycle in Florida, one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself is carry adequate insurance, including both collision and uninsured motorist coverage. Even though uninsured motorist coverage is an additional expense, the risk of being involved in a crash with an uninsured driver is substantial. 

#2 – Get Medical Care Promptly 

Many people are tempted to go home and rest after an accident. Especially during times when many people are in the hospital due to COVID-19, it may be tempting to avoid an emergency room. However, medical care is important for your own physical well-being, and your future personal injury claim. Your medical records following an accident are important evidence. Getting medical care promptly, and following through with your health care provider’s recommendations is necessary to recover maximum compensation. 

#3 – Contact an Attorney As Soon As Possible 

Do not provide a recorded statement to an insurance adjuster or accept any compensation offer, without first talking to an attorney. The Coleman Law Group offers a free consultation. If you are navigating the aftermath of a motorcycle crash, we are here to provide guidance and resources, and to help you obtain justice. If we handle your claim, we will build a strong case and hold negligent parties accountable for medical care expenses, future medical care, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. If the insurance company does not offer a fair settlement, we will not waste any time taking your case to court. 

Schedule Your Free Consultation Today 

If you are injured or have lost a loved one in a Florida motorcycle accident, you do not have to fight the insurance companies alone.  Contact the Coleman Law Group as soon as possible. If we represent you, we will not charge any legal fees unless we recover money for you.