Articles Posted in Motorcycle Accident

A 47-year-old Spring Hill motorcyclist was airlifted Friday afternoon after colliding into a tractor-trailer in Groveland around 4 p.m.

Police believe the man was traveling north on State Road 19 when he smashed into the truck attempting to turn left.

The motorcyclist apparently crashed into one of the truck’s front tires at about 20 miles per hour. He was not wearing a helmet and possibly received a head injury. He was awake at the scene and talking, but was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center for medical attention.

The accident is under investigation, but police believe the driver of the tractor-trailer was at fault for failing to yield to the motorcycle.

777986_cistern.jpgTractor-trailers pose serious threats to the cars, SUVs, vans and motorcycles that share the road with them. Weighing possibly more than 80,000 pounds and up to 75 feet in length, these giant vehicles are involved in one out of every nine traffic collisions. Sadly, 94 percent of these accidents result in severe injuries or even death to the occupants of the other vehicle involved.

There are many reasons a truck accident can occur, including the following scenarios:

• The truck was improperly maintained.

• The driver was untrained, asleep at the wheel or operating under the influence
of drugs or alcohol.

• The truck was exceeding the speed limit.

Brain injuries, neck and back injuries, spinal cord trauma and loss of limbs are only a few of the serious injuries that can arise after an accident with a semi-truck, 18-wheeler or tractor trailer. It is important to understand that insurance companies will begin an investigation of the collision almost immediately after the accident occurs. They perform a prompt investigation conducted by experts and investigators in order to try and limit their liability. By contacting a Hernando County Truck Accident Attorney at Whittel & Melton as soon as possible after an accident, we can give you the same advantage as the insurance company and use experts and accident reconstructionists to determine what actually happened and who was at fault for your accident injuries.

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Spring Hill, FL – Any motor vehicle crash can lead to serious and debilitating injuries. However, motorcycle accidents tend to cause the most severe injuries, and even death, strictly because bikers lack the added protection of the body of a car and a seat belt. Motorcycle accident injuries can range from broken bones and fractures to traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord trauma and loss of limbs.

Motorcycle accidents can happen in a matter of seconds, leaving you with absolutely no time to react. Often times motorcycle accidents are due to other motorist’s careless actions, and not the fault of the motorcyclist. Still, even if you are not at fault there are ways you can reduce your risk of being involved in an accident.

110352_biker_on_sport_bike.jpgMake sure you are visible. An assortment of colored riding gear is available that can make bikers stand out to others sharing the roadway. By wearing bright gear, you will be more visible to other drivers, which could prevent an unfortunate accident. Additionally, using your headlights at all times can also make you more visible on the road.

Stay alert to your surroundings. Numerous motorcycle collisions are caused by drivers who fail to see motorcyclists. By being aware of this, you can keep an eye on other vehicles around you and the moves they are making.

Keep your skills up to date. Experienced bikers can avoid accidents much better than novice riders. Practice your technique in an empty parking lot or take a course that can teach you the skills needed to maneuver your way out of an accident.

Always wear a helmet and additional safety gear to avoid or minimize injuries. Head injuries are the leading cause of death in motorcycle accidents, and helmets can reduce the severity of these injuries significantly. Moreover, wearing additional protection can prevent other types of bodily injuries, such as lacerations and burns.

By following the above tips, you can lower your risk for being the victim of a deadly motorcycle wreck.

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Spring Hill, FL – American Honda recently announced that they have voluntarily recalled 19,500 ATVs due to a product defect that could result in serious injuries to consumers.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, a weld on the Honda
ATV suspension could separate while the ATV is in use, causing riders to potentially lose control of their vehicles.

At least 10 crashes have been reported as a result of this particular defect. In one of the accidents, a driver reportedly suffered a sprained wrist after crashing.

The recall affects 2012 Honda FourTrax Rancher ATVs. The ATVs were sold nationwide at Honda ATV dealers between Sept. 2011 and Nov. 2012 for between $5,100 and $7,600. These all-terrain vehicles are red, green or camouflage and have the word “Honda” and the Honda wing logo on both sides of the fuel tank. The word “Rancher” is located on the front cowl just beneath the handlebars as well as on the left rear fender.

Honda advises consumers to stop using these ATVs immediately, and schedule free repairs at their local Honda ATV dealerships. In addition, it is illegal to sell these ATVs without getting them fixed first, due to the hazard they could pose to others.

1109243_quad.jpgDespite the recall, consumers who are injured by these defective ATVs may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. Any ATV manufacturer can issue a recall of their products due to the fact that their vehicles have been marked as unsafe for use. However, a recall does not release a manufacturer from being held accountable for defective products. Rather, a recall simply decreases a manufacturer’s possibility of facing numerous lawsuits because it reduces the number of defective ATVs available to the public.

Defective ATVs and parts threaten the lives and safety of riders. Unfortunately, defective ATVs are to blame for hundreds of ATV accidents every year. ATVs can be recalled for a variety of reasons, but in general they are recalled for the following:

• Defects in Design
• Manufacturing Defects
• Accident Risks
• Fire Hazards
• Brake Failure
• High Risk for Rollovers
• Suspension failure
• Mechanical hazards

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216778_rider.jpgA 60-year-old motorcyclist was killed Thursday night after a three-car crash ejected her from her 2003 Harley Davidson Thursday night.

Two others are in critical condition.

Reports indicate that a Brooksville woman driving a 1996 Mercury Sable turned left in front of two motorcycles around 7:25 p.m. causing a collision with both bikes.

The 64-year-old man and 60-year-old woman on the other motorcycle were taken to Bayonet Point Hospital, where they were listed in critical condition. They were both wearing helmets.

According to reports, the deceased was not wearing a helmet.

The driver of the Mercury was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were a total of 8,577 motorcycle accidents in 2010. Of those, 2,700 resulted in a devastating injury or fatality. Due to the fact that motorcycles offer very little protection to riders, even a minor accident can result in severe and debilitating injuries to riders and passengers.
There are two types of motorcycle licenses that can be obtained in Florida. The first type is an Endorsement License, which applies only to those who already possess a valid Florida driver’s license. The second type, a Motorcycle Only License, can be obtained by the those 16 years or older that have held a learners permit for one year without receiving a traffic ticket conviction or those 18 and older that have passed the standard class E operates licenses and finished the Basic Riders Course developed by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. The state of Florida requires every new motorcyclist to successfully pass The Basic Rider Course through Florida’s Rider Training Program before they can receive a valid motorcycle license or obtain a motorcycle endorsement.

Helmet laws in the state of Florida allow motorcyclists over the age of 21 to ride without a helmet as long as they have at least $10,000 in medical benefits for injuries that occur as a result of a collision while driving a motorcycle. The Hernando County motorcycle accident injury lawyers at Whittel & Melton understand this law, but believe that the roads of Brooksville, Spring Hill, Ridge Manor, Weeki Wachee, Hernando Beach, Masaryktown and throughout the rest of Florida are just too dangerous to travel without the added safety of a helmet. We urge riders of all experience levels to purchase a helmet before making an excursion on a motorcycle. Helmets can prevent catastrophic injuries and save lives.

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685441_moto_custom.jpgWith more than four million motorcycles registered in the U.S., it is no surprise that motorcycles have become increasingly popular modes of transportation among all generations as well as a trending hobby among riders across the nation. In fact, the Motorcycle Industry Council reports that in just the first quarter of 2012 motorcycle sales have increased by nearly 6.7 percent. Over the past 10 years, the number of motorcycle registrations has increased by 75 percent. Whatever the reason, be it the relatively inexpensive cost of motorcycles compared to cars, trucks and SUVs, the outstanding fuel efficiency or the freedom and fun that comes with traveling the open road, motorcycles and motorcycle enthusiasts clearly aren’t going anywhere.

Despite the fact that motorcycles only make up two percent of the total number of vehicles registered in the U.S., the number of deaths from motorcycle accidents account for five percent of highway deaths every year. While motorcycles are enjoyable, they lack various safety features that can protect riders involved in an accident. Because of this, nearly 80 percent of motorcycle collisions result in catastrophic injuries or death. Cars, trucks and SUVs are generally equipped with air bags, seatbelts, side door beams and roofs or reinforced windshields that can prevent occupants from suffering severe injuries should a crash occur. Additionally, cars tend to have more stability compared to motorcycles.

Since motorcycles do not have many of the luxuries that cars and other motor vehicles have, they must be operated with added caution. The following tips can keep you and those around you safe on the roadways in Spring Hill, Brooksville, Ridge Manor, Weeki Wachee, Hernando Beach, Masaryktown and wherever else you are traveling:

1. Be Smart, Get Educated. Whether you are a new rider or just need to learn some new techniques, the best place to start is with a motorcycle safety course. There are numerous motor cycle training facilities throughout Hernando County for you to learn from experienced professionals.

2. Follow All Traffic Laws. You should never speed, drive recklessly or execute unsafe maneuvers.

3. Wear a helmet and other appropriate riding gear. Wearing proper gear, such as a leather jacket, gloves and over-the-ankle boots can aid in preventing road rash and other personal injuries. Likewise, wearing a DOT-compliant helmet has been proven to significantly reduce the risk of traumatic brain injuries and deaths.

4. Stay Alert and Be Aware of Your Surroundings. Many motorcycle accidents occur because other drivers do not see them. Never assume that another motorist can see you. Make sure you wear bright clothing and ride with your high-beam on. Remember, motorcycles are very powerful vehicles. Make sure you operate your bike within your personal skill level and be aware of what is in front of and behind you. Before you ride with a passenger, be sure that you are comfortable with the changes this adds to your bike.

5. Before You Ride, Make Sure Your it is in Excellent Working Condition. Check your lights, brakes and horn to ensure that they are working properly. Be sure that your tire pressure, oil level and drive chain is maintained according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

6. Know Where You’re Going before You Ride. Be prepared and plan your trip before you take off on your motorcycle. Be extra cautious when on roads you are not familiar with. Be careful of poor road conditions and bad weather, as these can affect you ride. If you need to pull over to ensure the safety of yourself and others, then by all means do so.

Remember, while motorcycles offer riders much enjoyment, they are dangerous and should be handled accordingly. Promoting motorcycle safety can keep you and those you love safe from unnecessary injuries or wrongful death.

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80978_bikers_1.jpgA 52-year-old Tampa man died Sunday night after suffering critical injuries sustained in a motorcycle collision earlier in the day.

A 58-year-old Brooksville man driving a 2002 Mercedes apparently turned left into the man’s path, causing the man’s motorcycle to strike the Mercedes.

The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet, but was critically injured and taken to Bayonet Point Medical Center in Hudson. He died later in the day on Sunday.

The driver of the Mercedes was not harmed.

The crash is currently being investigated further.

Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable when it comes to injuries sustained in any collision with an automobile. Compared to cars, motorcycles are less visible, and unfortunately, not all motorists make a conscious effort to watch out for others sharing the roadways before changing lanes or attempting a left turn. When drivers fail to pay attention to other vehicles on the roadway, avoidable tragic accidents can occur.

Motorcycle collision injuries can still cause severe and catastrophic injuries even when bikers wear helmets and protective gear. This is due to the fact that motorcyclists have very little protection between them and the road and can be navigating at high speeds when accidents happen. Car vs. motorcycle accidents can cause numerous injuries, including road rash, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, back and neck injuries, broken bones and fractures and severe burn injuries. Sadly, many collisions involving motorcycles and passenger vehicles result in wrongful death.

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1301095_motorcycle_stunter_tyre_burnout_.jpgA 21-year-old Spring Hill man was left in critical condition after his motorcycle was broadsided by an SUV at the intersection of U.S. 19 and Spring Hill Drive Sunday evening.

Both vehicles were traveling along U.S. 19 when the accident occurred at 5:29 p.m.
Reports indicate the man was heading north on U.S. 19 when the driver of a Chevy Avalanche attempted to make a left turn from southbound U.S. 19 onto Spring Hill Drive.

The driver of the Chevy Avalanche, a 69-year-old Brooksville woman, attempted to turn left when the motorcyclist slammed into the passenger side of her SUV. The man was ejected from his motorcycle and thrown onto the hood and windshield of the woman’s vehicle.

The man was taken to Bayonet Point Regional Medical Center for medical treatment.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation. As of now, charges are pending.

Motorcycles are more likely to be involved in collisions with other vehicles due to the fact that they are less visible to other motorists and less stable than four-wheeled vehicles like trucks and cars. Additionally, they lack structural protection so when accidents do happen they are often quite serious. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle riders are nearly 37 more times likely to be killed and nine times more likely to be injured in an accident compared to other drivers.

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