A motorcyclist was killed in a crash in Clearwater on Friday morning.
According to reports, a 22-year-old was driving a motorcycle eastbound on Belleair Road at a high rate of speed east of Belcher Road when he collided with a 2001 Buick Century, driven by 78-year-old man, who was pulling out of a driveway.
The biker was ejected from the motorcycle, and died at the scene.
According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are more than 200 people who are killed every year in the United States and another 17,000 injured in backover accidents. Backover accidents happen when a driver is backing up their vehicle and hits an object, pedestrian, bicyclist, motorcyclist, etc. that they did not see, usually because of a blind zone in the vehicle. SUVs and trucks are notorious for having blind spots, and their increasing popularity has only resulted in more reports of backover fatalities. Trucks and SUVs are responsible for a whopping 60 percent of backover tragedies.
If you or someone you care for becomes the victim of a motorcycle backover accident, our Florida Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you determine what legal recourse you may have for your pain and loss. Call us locally at 727-823-0000 or statewide and toll-free at 866-608-5529 or contact us online today for a free consultation.