Each year, hundreds of Florida motorcyclists are victims of fatal accidents. In fact, last year alone, 350 motorcycle riders died on Florida roadways. Passengers on motorcycles are also at risk of being involved in one of the nearly 7,500 motorcycle accidents every year in Florida.
Take, for example, two recent separate fatal motorcycle crashes that together took the lives of two motorcyclists and two passengers riding on those bikes.
In the first accident, a male motorcycle rider and his female passenger were ejected from their bike after they were struck by a pickup truck. Investigators are not clear as to the full cause of the fatal motorcycle crash but interestingly, the crash happened at the end of Biketoberfest in Daytona Beach, and investigators are wondering if these bikers had participated in the annual motorcycle festival.
In a separate accident, an SUV struck a motorcycle from behind and then left the scene of the crash, even though both of the riders were thrown off of the motorcycle and left in the roadway.
Unfortunately, both of the victims were run over by two other vehicles that had happened upon the aftermath of the hit-and-run scene. A third driver who came upon the scene was forced to swerve in order to miss the victims and ended up hitting a tree, which caused his car to explode upon impact. Thankfully, the occupants of that car were uninjured.
Whether the motorcycle riders were still alive after they were struck by the hit-and-run driver may never be determined, but it is certainly clear that if the hit-and-run driver had attempted to help the stricken riders or warn other Florida motorists, there might not have been further damage and loss.
The hit-and-run SUV has been located, although its owner has not yet been charged with a crime. Depending on the outcome of the ongoing investigation, if he was involved, he may be held responsible for the untimely deaths of the two motorcycle riders.
Source: wdbo.com, “Officials investigate 2 motorcycle crashes that left 4 dead,” Oct. 16, 2011