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Motorcyclist and Driver Killed in Tragic Crash in Gainesville, Florida


February 09, 2020

GAINESVILLE, FL- Gainesville.com writes that a tragic collision occurred last week between a motorcyclist and an SUV. The incident took place on 70th Terrace and Southwest 24th Avenue in the morning. The motorcyclist was riding a 2011 Yamaha west on 24th Avenue when the 1998 GMC SUV tried to make a left turn from 70th Terrace onto 24th. The motorcycle collided with the driver’s door before igniting. The motorcyclist, identified as a 23-year-old man, died at the scene of the wreck. The 55-year-old Gainesville woman operating the SUV also died at the scene of the crash. *

Left turns are a dangerous driving move for anyone, but when it comes to motorcycles, they present an even greater risk. Drivers who are trying to look for their turn to go often fail to notice smaller vehicles, such as motorcycles that may be approaching the intersection. Part of the issue is actually a psychological bias. Motorists are trained to look out for larger vehicles such as cars, and in turn will fail to notice motorcycles because they see an absence of cars, without seeing that a motorcycle is there.

Typically, when a driver makes a left turn in front of a motorcycle, the motorcyclist will suffer injuries, and the driver will sustain moderate vehicular damage. It is important for people who ride motorcycles to remember that they must be on the lookout for cars that are about to make a turn at an intersection. Experts say to pay attention to the tires of the vehicle because they will give the first indication that the driver intends to move. The best way to survive a crash is to slow down. 

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Sources:https://www.gainesville.com/news/20200202/motorcyclist-identified-in-fatal-saturday-morning-crash and https://www.rideapart.com/articles/254912/10-common-motorcycle-accidents-and-how-to-avoid-them/


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