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 Dies 3 Days After Being Struck on I-275 Exit Ramp

A 58-year-old man tragically died last week, 3 days after being struck by an elderly driver having a medical emergency, the Tampa Bay Times reported. The accident occurred on Tuesday, April 20th, on the northbound Interstate 275 exit ramp onto East Fletcher Avenue. The man was walking along the left shoulder of the ramp, when for unknown reasons, an 84-year-old driver lost control of her vehicle and struck the man, and then crashed into a sign. Further details were not available, and the cause of the accident remains under investigation. 

Our thoughts go out to all involved in this crash. Losing a loved one unexpectedly is heartbreaking and devastating. 

Liability For Accidents Caused By A Sudden Medical Emergency 

Law enforcement is reviewing the cause of the accident. If a driver is negligent and causes an accident, they may be liable for resulting injuries or the wrongful death of a victim of a fatal accident. However, if a driver has a sudden and unexpected medical event, this may be a defense. Liability issues for medical event accidents can be complicated. If a driver has a known health condition and it was foreseeable that they could have a medical event, they may be considered negligent for driving and be liable for injuries or death. 

Many seniors have medical conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, respiratory diseases, which can put them at higher risks for medical emergencies while driving. Some seniors take medications without knowing the side effects the medications may have on their ability to drive. It is important for senior drivers and their loved ones to determine when it is no longer safe to continue driving. Many accidents involving senior drivers are preventable. 

Accidents Involving Senior Drivers In Florida 

In 2019, Spectrum News 13 reported on a concerning trend: a sharp increase in fatal crashes involving drivers 65 years old and older. A study published by the Florida Department of Transportation revealed drivers age 65 and older are two times more likely to be involved in a fatal collision than any other age group of drivers. 

Fatal and injury crashes involving elderly drivers are common in Florida. If you are involved in a collision, you should report the accident, collect witness information, and take photos and videos of the crash scene and damage. As soon as possible, get medical treatment for your injuries and complete follow-up care with your doctor. Your medical treatment is an important part of your personal injury claim and recovering fair compensation for your injuries. 

Speak to a Tampa Car Accident Lawyer After an Accident 

Accident victims or their families are always well-advised to contact a lawyer as soon as possible following an accident. The Coleman Law Group is dedicated to protecting the rights of accident victims and ensuring they receive the fair compensation they are entitled to. Before you accept any compensation from an insurance company, contact us to discuss your legal rights and options. We offer a free consultation to answer your questions and review your case. If we represent you, we will not charge any legal fees unless we recover money for you. Call us at  (877) 822-9292.

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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Traffic Collisions in Florida Likely to Increase As Traffic Returns to Pre-Pandemic Levels

People are returning to school and work. Employers are hiring, and tourism is picking up, as restrictions on social gathering and dining are being eased. And, according to data provided to The Associated Press by the transportation analytics firm Inrix, the number of daily passenger vehicle trips reached pre-pandemic levels for the first time in a year at the end of March. 

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It is likely that in the coming spring and summer months, traffic accidents will increase. More cars on the road mean will likely mean more crashes, and more vehicle drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians being injured or killed. 

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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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Pedestrian Tragically Killed in Suspected DUI Crash in Clearwater

A pedestrian was killed on Monday, April 5th in Clearwater, the Tampa Bay Times reported. The car vs. pedestrian accident occurred on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard at about 8:45 pm., just west of Belcher Road. The pedestrian, who was not identified, was struck by a Jeep Patriot. After the accident, he was taken to Morton Plant Hospital, where he later died. The driver of the Jeep, an 18-year-old man, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of DUI. 

Clearwater Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

Our thoughts go out to the family and loved ones of the victim of this crash. Losing a loved one unexpectedly is heartbreaking and devastating. Crashes involving impaired drivers are especially frustrating, as they can so easily be prevented. 

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Bicyclist Seriously Injured in Hit and Run Crash March 29th in Pinellas Park

A bicyclist was seriously injured early Monday morning in the 6200 block of 66th Street, the Pinellas Beaches Patch reported. The cyclist, a 34-year-old man from Kenneth City, was reportedly riding southbound on 66th street, when he was struck from behind by a red vehicle, believed to be a 2006-2010 Chrysler 300 or Magnum. According to police, the car has a damaged side mirror on the passenger side. 

Pinellas Park Police Are Investigating

Pinellas Park Police Investigating The Cause Of the Crash 

The cause of the accident remains under investigation. Anyone with information on this March 29th bicycle crash, including the identity of the driver,  should call the Pinellas Park Police Department at 727-369-7864. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County at 800-873-TIPS (8477). 

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Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle March 30th in Tampa

A pedestrian was taken to the hospital early Tuesday morning after being struck by a white Chevy SUV in Tampa, WFLA News reported. The accident occurred near 13th Street North and Hillsborough Avenue East, at around 12:21 a.m.  

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Very limited information was available about the circumstances of the accident. Fox 13 News reported that the driver of the SUV remained on the scene. Hillsborough Avenue was closed for about five hours while police investigated the incident. 

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Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle March 23rd on Fruitville Road in Sarasota

A pedestrian suffered life-threatening injuries when they were struck by a vehicle Tuesday morning in Sarasota, WWSB ABC 7 News reported.  The injury crash occurred just before 7 AM, at the intersection of Central Avenue and Fruitville Road. The victim was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital with very serious injuries.

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According to the news report, the driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. Further information and details were not available. We hope that the victim is able to make a complete recovery from their very serious injuries. 

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Pedestrian Tragically Struck and Killed March 19th in Clearwater

Less than a week after a fatal pedestrian accident on Saturday, March 13th in Tampa, a pedestrian was tragically struck and killed on Friday, March 19th in Clearwater, multiple news outlets have reported. News reports revealed the fatal accident was reported at about 10 PM on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard, just west of Lake Avenue. The victim, a 45-year-old Illinois man, was hit by a 2015 Ford F-250 truck, and tragically died of his injuries at the scene. According to the IOnTB report, Clearwater Police said the victim was wearing dark clothing and was not in a marked crosswalk when he was struck. 

Our thoughts go out to the family of the victim. Losing a loved one suddenly and unexpectedly is heartbreaking and devastating. 

The cause of the March 19th Clearwater pedestrian accident remains under investigation – and it is impossible to know exactly what happened. It is not clear based on the very limited information provided how fast the vehicle was traveling and if this fatal collision was caused by the vehicle driver or could have been prevented. 

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