Clearwater Motorcyclist Dies In May 29, 2016, Single-Vehicle Crash

A 61-year-old Clearwater woman died[1] following a crash on U.S. 19 near Johnson Road in Port Richey on Sunday afternoon, May 29, 2016.  According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the motorcyclist was heading south on U.S. 19 around 4:25 p.m. on a Honda Shadow.  The female motorcyclist attempted to slow for traffic at the intersection of Johnson Road when she lost control of the bike, which overturned and ejected the driver.  The woman was taken to Bayonet Point Medical Center where she later died from her injuries.

Single Vehicle Motorcycle Collision Fatalities

According to the Department of Transportation[2], there were 8,410,255 motorcycles registered in the United States by private citizens and commercial organizations in 2011. To put this number into perceptive, out of every 36 people you meet in the United States, one of them probably has a motorcycle.

The United States Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides that motorcyclist fatalities[3] in single vehicle crashes account for about 45 percent of all motorcyclist fatalities.  That department further finds that braking and steering maneuvers possibly contribute to almost 25 percent of those fatalities.

While motorcyclists are often highly aware of the dangers that other drivers around them pose, there are a number of conditions that may lead to a dangerous single-vehicle motorcycle accident. These accidents often result from things that motorcyclists take for granted such as the quality of the roadway, the reliability of their motorcycle, and preparedness of local municipalities for adverse weather. Single-vehicle motorcycle accidents are very sudden occurrences, therefore, and are oftentimes particularly dangerous for those who are riding motorcycles.

Common Causes of Clearwater Single-Vehicle Motorcycle Accidents

Single vehicle motorcycle crashes occur when the driver either lays down the motorcycle down or loses control and ends up hitting an object.  Such collisions occur for any number of reasons including:

  • Speeding: NHTSA[4] claims that of all motorcycle deaths in 2011, 35% (1,614) were the direct result of the rider speeding.
  • Intoxicated or drugged motorcyclist: 42% of motorcycle riders who died in single vehicle crashes in the United States in 2011 had blood alcohol levels (BAC) of 0.8g/dL or higher.
  • The motorcycle driver is inexperienced• Driver error: About 2/3 of the single-vehicle motorcycle accidents are caused by rider error, typically a slide-out and fall due to over braking or running wide on a curve due to excess speed or under-cornering.

    • One driver swerves to miss another

    • A motorcyclist is cut off suddenly

  • Roadway defects
  • Curved streets and roads
  • Mechanical malfunction
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Debris or litter in the roadway
  • Unrestrained dogs

When a motorcycle collision occurs as a result of the negligence of another person, the individual responsible for single-vehicle motorcycle accident may be held liable for any resulting damages including pain and suffering.

Injuries from Single-Vehicle Motorcycle Accidents

Even when a motorcyclist has a single motorcycle collision, it is rare for the motorcyclist to escape without injury.  Injuries include:

  • Head injuries
  • Concussion or traumatic brain injury
  • Neck injuries
  • Back and spine injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Amputation
  • Leg and foot injuries
  • Arm and hand injuries
  • Damage to internal organs

Avoiding a Single-Vehicle Motorcycle Crash

While a motorcyclist cannot avoid all of the hazards that cause a single-vehicle motorcycle collision, there are safety steps that riders can follow to try and minimize their risk:

  • Do not speed
  • Use extra care on curves and turns
  • Avoid drinking alcohol or consuming illegal or prescription drugs that may affect your ability to ride
  • Keep a safe distance from other vehicles
  • Remain visible
  • Wear safety gear

Contact a Clearwater Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Motorcycle accidents are a tragic event even when only one motorcycle is involved. If you or a loved one were involved in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident, it is important to speak to an experienced motorcycle collision attorney to determine if any third party was responsible for the collision such as a governmental body failing to keep roads safe or a drunk driver running a motorcyclist off the road. At the Dolman Law Group in Clearwater, Florida, our team of highly skilled motorcycle accident attorneys has helped many victims obtain the recovery they deserve for their injuries and related losses. Please call our office at 727-451-6900 today.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 3375
(727) 451-6900



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