A 16-year-old motorcyclist rear-ended a slowing pickup truck, was ejected from the bike onto a road and was struck by a car Tuesday morning in Hernando County.
According to troopers, the Spring Hill teen was in critical condition at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson.
The incident occurred at 6:36 a.m. on Mariner Boulevard at Delbarton Street in Spring Hill, troopers said.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the teen was heading north on Mariner on a 2003 Honda motorcycle, trailing a 1991 Chevrolet S-10 pickup driven by a 58-year-old Spring Hill man. The man slowed to avoid stopped traffic in front of him, and the motorcycle collided with the rear of the pickup.
The teen was thrown from the bike onto the inside lane of Mariner, where he was struck by a 2010 Honda Civic driven by a 37-year-old Spring Hill woman, troopers said.
Both drivers reported no injuries, according to the highway patrol.
Several factors play a role in motorcycle accidents, however most are caused by the negligence of passenger vehicle drivers. Motorcycle accidents are often the result of passenger vehicle drivers who:
- Fail to yield right-of-way
- Make lane changes before looking
- Make left-hand turns into motorcycles
- Drive distracted
- Drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Tailgate a motorcycle
- Drive while fatigued
Even when motorcyclists and their passengers wear helmets, they are still prone to severe injuries. Motorcyclists are often ejected in collisions, leaving them extremely vulnerable to catastrophic injuries including: