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Motorcyclist Tragically Killed in Crash on Interstate 75 in Sarasota, Florida


December 26, 2019

SARASOTA, FL- Wkrg.com writes that a former Marine died in a horrific motorcycle crash on Interstate 75 last week. The biker was one of five motorcyclists traveling southbound on the interstate in the evening. The 56-year-old from Englewood lost control of his motorcycle and was thrown from the vehicle and into the path of a truck.*

The victim died at the scene, and the crash led to the other four bikers falling from their vehicles as well. Three of them sustained severe injuries.

Reports indicate that the victim served active duty in the Marine Corps for three decades. The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing. 

Motorcycles are difficult vehicles to control, and riding one takes skills beyond what is required for driving a passenger vehicle. Even an experienced motorcyclist can be caught off guard by defects in the roadway or debris. Small items or holes that might barely impact a car can have a severe impact on a motorcycle. It is essential for motorcyclists to become experienced in operating their bikes, and to travel at safe speeds.

Drivers traveling in other vehicles need to be mindful of others on the road, including motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians. All these individuals have the right to share the road with others, and drivers who ignore them or drive aggressively put them in great danger.

Motorcyclists should also always use safety equipment, including helmets that meet the specifications developed by the Department of Transportation. While helmets cannot save a person’s life in every type of motorcycle crash, they significantly reduce the risk of death and brain damage. Bikers should also use headlights and reflective clothing to increase their chances of being as visible to other drivers on the roadway. 

Accident News is a safety and education initiative from Montlick & Associates, designed to help people better understand and thereby avoid common accident causes.  To learn more about our injury prevention programs, including iridesafe.com - click here. We hope you are never in an accident, but if you or family member are injured, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com.

Sources:https://www.wkrg.com/news/motorcyclist-killed-4-others-injured-in-florida-crash/ and https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/motorcycle-safety


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