A motorcycle accident that occurred Sunday evening in St. Petersburg resulted in the fatality of a female passenger. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, a Suzuki motorcycle was traveling southbound on I-275 in St. Petersburg when the motorcycle veered sharply onto the shoulder and struck a guardrail. The motorcycle continued down an embankment, hitting trees along the way. The male driver of the motorcycle, along with the female passenger were thrown from the bike. Both were wearing helmets. The 25-year-old female was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver of the motorcycle was taken to Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg with critical injuries.
The exact cause of the accident is unknown at this time. The speed limit along I-275 varies between 55 miles per hour and 70 miles per hour, depending on where you are located. The speed limit at the scene of the accident is 65 miles per hour. At this speed, any type of accident on a motorcycle has deadly potential, even for riders wearing a helmet.
Anyone who has ridden or has been around motorcyclists for any length of time knows someone who has been involved in a motorcycle accident. Some of these accidents result in minor injuries, and some have horrific outcomes. The best way for any motorcycle enthusiast to protect him or herself is to always wear the proper safety equipment, including helmet, pants, long sleeves and shoes covering the whole foot. It is always advised to wear a padded jacket or pants. Motorcyclists need to be on high alert while riding for other vehicles who may not notice their presence in an adjacent lane or side view mirror. Above all, obey the rules of the road and know your limitations when road conditions may be averse. It does not take much water, ice or sand to cause a serious accident. If you have a passenger, make sure he or she is properly protected and can ride securely.
If someone you love has been the victim of a motorcycle accident where another party was at fault, please contact us today at 888-FLA-AUTO (888-352-2886).
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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