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March 16, 2021

Operating any motor vehicle, be it car, bus, or truck, is always a dangerous decision. The speed at which these vehicles travel combined with their weight makes it so that any trip can swiftly turn into a nightmare. By far the most dangerous vehicle to operate on the roadway is a motorcycle. Motorcycles can travel just as fast – if not faster – than cars, but they also possess none of the safety features that cars come equipped with: no airbags and no reinforced steel frame in the event of a motorcycle accident. In Florida, wearing a helmet is also an optional decision, so even this modicum of safety is optional. As a result, motorcyclists in Florida, no matter how careful and experienced, are at the mercy of the other drivers on the roadway.

On Tuesday, February 16th, this fact was brought home once again in a tragic fashion after a 52-year-old motorcyclist was struck by an SUV while traveling down the southern lanes of Poinciana Boulevard.

According to reports from the Florida Highway Patrol, the motorcyclist was on their motorcycle at close to 3:20 in the afternoon. It is not known how long they were traveling, but we do know that they were nearing the intersection of Poinciana Boulevard and Laguna Bay Circle.

Also traveling down the road at this time was an SUV. Nothing is currently known about the driver of the SUV, and it is not believed that they suffered from any injuries as a result of the crash. What is clear is that the driver of the SUV wanted to change lanes while they were traveling alongside the motorcycle. Whether the driver of the SUV believed the motorcycle was further back than it was or whether they failed to properly check their surroundings remains subject to an investigation. What is clear is that the driver of the SUV tried to shift out of their lane into the lane where the motorcycle was traveling. The SUV then struck the motorcycle with enough force to cause the biker to lose control and be thrown from their seat.

When emergency response crews reached the area, they rushed the biker to Osceola Regional Hospital where they were later pronounced dead.

An investigation into the incident remains ongoing.

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