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TAMPA, FL – A motorcyclist’s life was claimed when he was hit by a Dodge Journey driver who turned left from East Fowler Avenue onto the I-75 on-ramp Sunday.

Florida Highway Patrol told FOX 13 News this collision happened around 8:45 p.m. Troopers said leading up to this incident, the motorcyclist — a 26-year-old man — was traveling east on Fowler in an outside lane, while the Dodge motorist — a 19-year-old woman — was going west on Fowler. 

The 19-year-old sustained minor wounds and the 26-year-old man succumbed to fatal injuries at the scene.  


ST. PETERSBURG, FL – A motorcyclist’s life was claimed when traveled at a high rate and ear-ended a Hyundai Sonata around 8 p.m. Thursday.

WFLA revealed that the collision happened at the 34th Street North and 34th Avenue North junction. St. Petersburg Police said that the motorcyclist — an unidentified 25-year-old man — hit the right side of the car after the Hyundai driver crossed five lanes of traffic. 

First responders took the driver to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and the motorcyclist succumbed to fatal injuries at the scene. 


TAMPA, FL – A 24-year-old man was riding his motorcycle on I-75 and succumbed to fatal injuries when he struck the back of a van Friday night, WFLA reported. 

Florida Highway Patrol said the force of the collision knocked the motorcyclist off his bike and that he fell down in the center lane. The van driver and passenger were unharmed, and the motorcyclist — who was only identified as a man from Knoxville, Tennessee — was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Our newsroom will post more information as it becomes available. 



Motorcycle lane splitting is not legal in Tampa or elsewhere in Florida. This means that no motorcyclist can maneuver between any two moving lanes of traffic at the same time. Regardless of what type of road you are on or how busy traffic is, it is always illegal to ride your motorcycle between other automobiles in Tampa and throughout the state.

Despite the laws, lane splitting and using emergency or bike lanes is a common occurrence witnessed by fellow motorcyclists in the Tampa Bay area. One theory as to why motorcyclists are engaging in these risky behaviors in Florida is because there may be some confusion about the laws governing the practice of lane splitting. Our Tampa Motorcycle Accident Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton want to clear up any misconceptions that bikers may have about lane splitting. Even though it is legal in some states, it is strictly prohibited in Florida.

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PINELLAS COUNTY, FL – A 22-year-old man lost his life when he crashed his motorcycle into a concrete barrier on the 4th Street North off-ramp leading to I-275 Thursday. 

This fatal wreck occurred before 4:30 a.m., according to ABC Action News. Florida Highway Patrol said that, for whatever reason, he drove past the closed entrance signs before striking the concrete barrier. 

First responders rushed the man to a hospital, where he later died. Officials have only identified him as a man from South Carolina and have not released his name at this time. 


THONOTOSASSA, FL – A fatality was reported after a crash between a motorcycle and a white Chevy car at the U.S. 301 and Williams Road before 11 p.m. Monday. 

As shown in a report from WFLA, the Chevy sustained heavy front-end damage, and the motorcycle was destroyed. It is unclear what contributed to this wreck or who died. 

More information will be posted as it becomes available. 


SARASOTA, FL – A multi-vehicle collision involving a motorcyclist in the Bee Ridge area left at least one person injured on Saturday afternoon.

According to WWSB, the incident took place just after noon at the intersection of Bee Ridge Road and McIntosh Road.

Few details about the crash are available at this time. However, authorities confirmed a motorcyclist was involved and one person as taken to a local hospital for treatment.


Tampa, and the entire Sunshine State, is known for its relatively warm year-round climate. Intense heat not only burn you while on your bike, but can easily lead to you becoming dehydrated without even realizing it and resulting in heat exhaustion/injury. The key to preventing a heat injury is to be prepared. The following tips from our Tampa Bay Motorcycle Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you face the heat:

  1. Dont-Sweat-It-300x300Stay hydrated. You must drink water and keep your body hydrated. Many Florida riders opt for a camelback or other hydration pack for their rides so that they can sip on their water without stopping their bike. Drink more than you think you need to ensure proper hydration. Remember, sports drinks are no substitute for H2O, but can be added along with for electrolytes.
  2. Steer clear of caffeinated beverages and alcohol. Sugary sodas may sound good, but caffeine is a diuretic, which means this pulls more water out of your body. Alcohol and biking are not a good mix, for many reasons, so it is best to refrain from drinking alcohol and biking.
  3. Give your body time to recoup. Your body can only take so much heat, so make sure you get rest and cool down. Recognize the warning signs of heat stroke, like cramps, flushed skin, nausea, dizziness, headaches, intense sweating, and extreme tiredness.
  4. Wear the right gear. Head-to-toe gear can prevent injuries from a crash, but also prevent heat injuries. When you ride in warmer temps, it is best to stay covered in mesh or moisture wicking material. Technology has provided riders with cool gadgets to fight of the heat, such as cooling vests, wrist bands, and collars that absorb water into moisture-retaining fabric so that your body can keep cool for hours.
  5. Wear sunscreen. Extreme heat means intense sun exposure that can easily burn you in minutes. You want to wear sunscreen with SPF of 30 or greater on exposed skin every time you ride in the sun to stop burns.

Fatigue can creep up on you easily when riding in extreme heats, so make sure you are protected when traveling through Tampa in the warmer temps. Don’t wait until you have extreme thirst to drink some water, as you are already dehydrated at this point. Your body loses tons of water when you sweat, so you need to replenish these lost fluids before fatigue sets in.

If you start to feel any symptoms of heat exhaustion while on your bike, then it is best to pull over and rehydrate. It is also a great idea to rest until you have recovered from dehydration.

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A 47-year-old woman was arrested and charged with her involvement in a hit and run collision with two motorcycles. 

Clearwater police said that the 47-year-old woman was charged with two counts of leaving the scene of a crash with injury.

The hit and run crash happened around 8:30 p.m. Friday evening on State Road 590 at Lucas Drive. Officers said the woman fled the scene immediately following the crash. 


A 50-year-old Lakeland motorcycle police officer was killed in a crash Thursday morning on his way to work.

According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the officer was killed just before 6 a.m. when his motorcycle for unknown reasons collided with and drove over a raised concrete median between the north and southbound lanes on Lakeland Highlands Road just south of Lake Miriam Drive.

This caused the officer to lose control of the motorcycle. The officer and the motorcycle came to rest on the inside (left) lane of the northbound roadway.

He was operating his agency Harley Davidson Police Road King motorcycle. 

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said multiple passersby stopped at the crash site to help render aid to Dunn and call 911.

One woman stopped and called 911. Another woman, a nurse practitioner, began CPR on the officer.

The officer was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead at 6:53 a.m. at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center. The officer, who was with the agency about five years after a dozen years with the Polk Sheriff’s Office, also served as a U.S. Marine. He was married with three adult children.

Authorities are conducting a fatal crash investigation, as it occurred in the unincorporated area of Lakeland.  

Judd said the investigation will be exhausted to determine the cause of the crash. 

Did you know that the state of Florida ranks seventh among all US states in terms of motorcyclist fatalities? This is according to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association. Regrettably, local statistics show that thousands of motorcycle riders get hurt on Florida roads each year.

The latest data from the Governors Highway Safety Association reveals that in 2017 alone, Florida accounted for 18.2 percent of all motorcycle fatalities in the U.S. This amounts to roughly 504 deaths. In 2016, Florida was responsible for 574 motorcycle deaths. This number of motorcycle fatalities actually decreased by 70 from 2016 to 2017.

As fun as they can be, motorcycles are one of the more dangerous forms of transportation. Sadly, it is common for drivers of larger vehicles to not see motorcycles, and as a result, catastrophic accidents occur. Whether you are an experienced rider or a novice, there are a few safety tips you can be reminded of to keep you safe on the road. 

The following are a few safety precautions for motorcycle riders:

  • Maintain your motorcycle. Before taking your bike out for a spin, make sure there are no problems with your motorcycle. You do not want to discover that you’re missing a turn signal or having brake trouble when you’re already out on the road as it could be too late at that point.
  • Wear your safety gear. Helmets can protect you against fatal or life-changing brain injuries. It is also a good idea to wear eye and face protection, a protective jacket, long pants, gloves and boots.
  • Take a safety course. Regardless of if you have years of experience, you can always brush up on your skills. Taking a motorcycle safety course is always a good idea. You can find motorcycle safety courses in Florida by clicking here.
  • Follow the posted speed limit. A large percentage of motorcyclists who die in accidents are speeding.
  • Don’t operate your motorcycle drunk. Never drink and drive any vehicle. Operating a motorcycle under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be especially dangerous. 
  • Stay alert. Always be on the lookout for potholes, bumps in the road and oncoming vehicles. You cannot always rely on other drivers to look out for you.

Unfortunately, even if you do everything right on your end, sometimes accidents still happen. Our Tampa Bay Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton have handled many cases in which motorcyclists and their passengers were injured in accidents caused by other drivers doing the following: 

  • Following a motorcycle too closely
  • Failing to yield at an intersection
  • Running a stop sign or red light
  • Cutting off a motorcycle when changing lanes
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Improper turning

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