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Wrongful death of Florida motorcyclist under investigation

There are millions of motorcyclists in the United States. Many people rely on them as an affordable mode of transportation, or simply as an enjoyable way to get around. But motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable if they are involved in an accident, as they are not protected by the metal framework of a vehicle. Sadly, it is often the case that when a motorcycle is involved in a collision, the rider is seriously injured or even killed. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a recent accident that ended with the wrongful death of a motorcyclist.

The 57-year-old man was riding his Yamaha motorcycle in the northbound lane of Oakstead Boulevard when he was hit by a Toyota heading south. According to the authorities, the car strayed from its lane and drifted into the path of the motorcycle. The motorcyclist tried to avoid the collision and laid his motorcycle down on one side. However, the car did not move back over to the right lane, struck the motorcycle and ran over the man.

Tragically, the motorcyclist died at the scene. The incident is being investigated by the Florida Highway Patrol, and they are waiting on autopsy and toxicology results before pressing charges. It is possible that the 34-year-old driver of the Toyota could be charged with some sort of vehicular homicide.

Too many accidents that involve motorcyclists are the result of other drivers not checking diligently for them at stop signs and intersections. In this case, the careless driving of another motorist cost a man his life. For his family and friends, losing their loved one in such a terrible accident must be heartbreaking. If someone is seriously injured or killed by the reckless actions of another driver, it may be possible for the victim's family to obtain compensation for their loss.

Source: Landolakes patch, "Answers Won't Come Soon In Oakstead Accident," Sherri Lonon, 14 June 2011

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