Florida trial lawyer and chiropractic physician, Guy S. DiMartino, DC, JD discusses a recent motorcycle crash in Groveland.
The Orlando Sentinel reported on a recent motorcycle crash in Groveland, Florida. The reported facts were that a motorcyclist was traveling northbound on SR 19 when a tractor-trailer that was traveling southbound on SR 19 made a left hand turn in front of the motorcyclist. I'm not making any comment on the fault of the parties or merits of this case but the facts show a common scenario involving motorcycle and bicycle crashes. Specifically, motorists look right through bikes when they are making a left hand turn. Most of the time the driver looking to make a left hand turn looks for a car, truck, or other perceived danger before starting their turn and for some reason do not perceive the motorcyclist as a danger.
Florida crash statistics for 2010, the latest publication available, reported over 7400 motorcycle crashes in which 6,686 were injured and 350 passed away. Lake County had over 2500 crashes in 2010 in which 40 folks died and 4 of the fatalities were motorcyclists.
Our roads are dangerous. It is important when on a motorcycle or bike that you attempt to make eye contact when you are coming on a vehicle that is going to make a left hand turn across the biker's path or a right hand turn onto the biker's path.
If you have any questions about a Lake County motorcycle crash, you can always call my cell phone at (352) 267-9168 and I will be more than happy to spend a few minutes answering your questions and concerns.