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December 30, 2014

Florida has a high number of motorcycle riders. The warm weather and open roads are the ideal place for a motorcycle ride. People wear the proper gear and let the warm Gulf breeze flow through their hair.

But accidents often happen on Florida’s roads and many times these accidents involve a motorcycle. On November 29, 2014 a 29-year-old woman was killed near the intersection of State Road 524 when a vehicle turned into her motorcycle, according to media reports. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, Ashley Sons, of Altamonte Springs, was riding her motorcycle along S.R. 520 around 6 p.m. Raven Glover was traveling along S.R. 520 and was turning left onto S.R. 524. Glover didn’t see Sons’ motorcycle and struck the young woman. Sons was wearing a helmet but was thrown from the motorcycle during the accident.

Glover had three passengers in the vehicle, but they sustained no injuries. Florida State Patrol had not filed any charges shortly after the accident, but a spokeswoman said that charges were pending in the accident.

Sons’ death is not uncommon in Florida. The state has experienced a sharp increase in motorcycle fatalities since the early 2000s. In 2007, 521 motorcyclists were killed on Florida’s roads. In 2013, 444 people were killed. That accounted for the majority of traffic deaths in the state. Only 33 people died in vehicle accidents in 2007 and 18 people were killed in vehicle accidents in 2013. Across the United States, 82,000 motorcyclists are involved in accidents each year. That’s nearly 1 out of 10 accidents.

Motorcyclists need to take precautions and always ride defensively. First, don’t purchase a bike you can’t handle. Motorcycles have enormous power to weigh ratios. Always check the weather conditions. It’s harder to be seen when it’s raining or there is fog. You need effective eyewear so you can see the road even at high speeds. Finally, wear protective gear including a helmet, gloves, boots, and riding pants. And always be smooth on the throttle and brake. You need to stay balanced.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. immediately at 888-FLA-AUTO (888-352-2886) for a free initial consultation.

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