The recent tragic New Hampshire motorcycle accident that left seven motorcyclists dead is a grim reminder of the dangers motorcyclists face when sharing the road with other vehicles. A 23-year-old pickup truck driver was charged with seven counts of negligent homicide. NBC News reported that records showed the pickup driver was stopped on suspicion of drunken driving on May 11, 2019 and previously in 2013.
Accident investigators said the truck was towing a flatbed trailer, traveling west on a two-lane roadway, when it collided with the group of 10 motorcycles. The victims were members or supporters of a New England motorcycle club, which included Marines and their spouses.
Florida has more than its share of motorcycle accidents, including the two mentioned below:
- A motorcyclist died in a crash on US 1 in Cocoa, Florida. A spokeswoman for the Cocoa Police Department said the motorcyclist was struck by a car which was traveling westbound and turned directly into the motorcyclist’s path.
- A hit-and-run driver caused an accident which killed a 62-year-old male motorcyclist in Southwest Florida. According to authorities, the motorcyclist was hit by a tractor-trailer which fled the scene without rendering any aid.
“When motorcycles and other vehicles collide, it is usually the other (non-motorcycle) driver who violates the motorcyclist's right of way. There is a continuing need to help other motorists 'think' motorcycles and to educate motorcyclists to be aware of this problem," according to an issued statement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
DrivingTest.org has the following 10 things every driver should know about sharing the road with motorcycles:
- Always check blind spots.
- Be extra cautious when passing a motorcycle.
- Remember, motorcycles react more quickly than cars.
- Bad weather has more drastic affects on motorcycles than on other vehicles.
- Riding at night can be more treacherous for motorcycles.
- Stay in your lane.
- Inform motorcyclists of your intention to turn by using turn signals.
- Remember, intersections are danger zones.
- Watch for turning motorcycles.
- Take a second look at left turns.
“If you have been injured, or a loved one has suffered a wrongful-death, because of another motorist, please contact our experienced legal team. We are available 24/7, and there are no costs or attorney fees unless we make a monetary recovery for you,” said Fort Myers Motorcycle Accident Attorney Randall Spivey of Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.
Fort Myers Motorcycle Accident Attorney Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one (1%) percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839,or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.