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Drivers need to stay aware to avoid motor vehicle accidents

Even driving on one of Florida's interstates does not guarantee that drivers will not have to stop or significantly slow down, depending on the traffic. In order to avoid motor vehicle accidents, drivers need to stay aware of the traffic patterns and the appearance of any obstacles. When they fail to remain diligent, serious injuries and/or deaths could occur.

A motorcycle rider was forced to stop for traffic on Interstate 4 at about 10:20 a.m. A second motorcycle rider failed to stop and slammed into the first one. Each rider had a passenger as well, and all four spilled onto the roadway. The first motorcyclist, a 71-year-old man, died in the crash. His 68-year-old wife survived, but suffered injuries, along with the driver and passenger from the second motorcycle who are both 75 years old.

The passenger from the second motorcycle -- who shares the same last name as its driver -- suffered serious injuries while the other two had injuries initially described as minor. The Florida Highway Patrol continues to investigate the accident. Reports did not indicate whether any charges are being contemplated at this time.

Under the facts presented, it appears that the first motorcyclist's wife retains the right to file a wrongful death claim against the second motorcyclist. Proving that his negligence led to the death of her husband could result in an award of damages to help with the financial losses typically associated with motor vehicle accidents. Depending on the severity of the injuries to the two passengers, personal injury claims could be filed on their behalves against the same biker, even if it turns out that the two riding on the second motorcycle are married. 

Source:, "Acushnet man killed in Florida motorcycle crash", Curt Brown, March 13, 2017

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