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A motorcyclist was killed in the early morning hours on Thursday in a traffic crash in Tampa.

The 38-year-old man was riding his motorcycle near N. Nebraska and E. Louisiana aves. when he was involved in a crash with another vehicle, according to police.

The man was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

15849242659_110cf9957a_zAccording to officials, the driver of the other vehicle remained at the scene and was cooperative with police.

Officials have not yet said whether charges will be filed.

The investigation is ongoing.

About 75 percent of motorcycle accidents involve a crash with another motor vehicle, usually passenger cars. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, within the past decade, more than 70,000 people have suffered from serious injuries and more than 3,000 more have died from motorcycle accidents. In the vast majority of these cases, the biker is not the one found to be at fault for the accident.

A motorcycle accident can result in a range of injuries, from minor cuts and abrasions to serious head and brain injuries and even death. Some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries occur to the head and neck and can leave the victim paralyzed or in a permanent vegetative state. Due to these serious injuries and possible wrongful deaths, victims and their families may face extensive medical bills, loss of wages and emotional distress. A motorcycle accident victim, as well as surviving family members, may be entitled to the following types of compensation:

  • Compensation for Medical Care
  • Funeral or Burial Costs
  • Motorcycle Repair or Replacement
  • Lost Wages
  • Recovery for Mental Anguish and Pain and Suffering

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A motorcyclist was injured in a crash on the Courtney Campbell Causeway Sunday.

A motorcycle collided with a vehicle while traveling eastbound east of the boat ramp, according to Tampa Police.

The motorcycle operator was taken to the hospital. Before being transported, he was speaking to officers at the scene.

The eastbound lanes of the Courtney Campbell Causeway were closed for a few hours while the investigation was conducted.

2410058274_36016ed699_zMotorcycles can be a wonderful way to travel to and from work, commute long distances, or enjoy a recreational thrill. The state of Florida has various laws in place to protect motorcyclists, but that does not change the fact that serious accidents still occur. When an accident occurs, even bikers wearing proper head, eye and body protection are no match for the impact of another vehicle.

Motorcycles lack the same safety features as cars, so riders can easily suffer severe injuries. Motorcycles are built to be small and light, so a collision with a passenger vehicle or stationary object can quickly lead to tragedy for a biker. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, or know someone who has, it is important that you work with a Tampa Bay Motorcycle Injury Lawyer right away.

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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is encouraging motorists and roadway users to “Share the Road.”

Motorcyclist fatalities did actually increase in 2012. While bikers can protect themselves by wearing safety gear and practicing safe riding habits, ultimately, the other drivers sharing the roadway with them must also drive safely. Motorcyclists lack certain protections that cars have such as seat belts, steel cages and airbags, so they are truly at the mercy of other motorists.

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A Tampa man was killed Saturday night after he lost control of his scooter on Hillsborough Avenue and crashed into a power pole, authorities said.

The Florida Highway Patrol believes the 27-year-old was riding a Honda PCX150 west on Hillsborough east of Harney Road around 8 p.m. when he veered right and crossed two lanes of westbound traffic.

The scooter exited the roadway, turned into its side and struck a power pole and then a sign post. It came to rest at the entrance to Jasmine Plaza, 7031 Hillsborough Ave., according to troopers.

The man was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

11380944554_c33b00efc4_zA person operating a scooter or a pedestrian struck by a scooter may sustain a wide range of injuries after becoming involved in an accident. Even minor injuries can have a serious impact on your life or the life of a loved one. Scooter accidents can result in various injuries, including:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Contusions
  • Lacerations and Road Rash
  • Disfigurement
  • Broken Bones and Fractures

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A 26-year-old Palm Harbor man was killed Thursday in an early morning crash on his scooter near downtown Palm Harbor.

The man was heading south on Alt. U.S. 19 near New York Avenue when he lost control of the scooter and hit the outside curb at 2 a.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

That impact of the collision caused the scooter to overturn and eject the rider, who was not wearing a helmet, onto the pavement.

423100160_18e524e21c_mThe man was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, where he later died from his injuries.

Due to the small size and lighter weight of scooters, collisions involving these vehicles usually result in catastrophic injuries for the drivers and any passengers. Although scooter drivers are responsible for wearing a helmet and practicing defensive driving skills, most accidents are caused by the following:

  • Motorist Error and Distracted Driving
  • Roadway Defects, such as potholes, cracks and other issues
  • Bad Weather and Poor Visibility or inclement weather conditions
  • Driver Impairment from operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs

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The start of 2015 is right around the corner, which means it is important to address that the New Year’s holiday is known for being one of the most dangerous times of the year, especially for accidents involving drunk drivers.

According to the National Safety Council, in 2014, the three-day period around New Year’s Day was the holiday period with the highest amount of drunk driving deaths. Partygoers who are out celebrating should factor safety precautions into their holiday planning to improve their chances of avoiding a holiday accident.

2154575545_f58be7229d_zThere are numerous dangers that drivers and passengers face when traveling on the roadways during the New Year’s holiday. Some of the most common holiday hazards include:

  • More Traffic: With gasoline prices low, more people have been travelling for the holidays. New Years Eve and New Years Day is no exception. With more vehicles on the roads, there is an increased risk for holiday travelers. Drivers can get easily frustrated or distracted when traffic is congested.
  • Bad Weather: Rain, hail, snow and ice only add to the hazards of New Year’s travel. Even the most skilled drivers are no match for poor road conditions caused by inclement weather.
  • Drunk Drivers: Holidays and alcohol go hand in hand. Many people use New Year’s celebrations as an excuse to get drunk. When drunk drivers choose to get behind the wheel, they pose a serious danger to themselves and others.

Whether you are hosting a New Year’s party or attending one yourself, remember that there are numerous things you can do to protect yourself from becoming a New Year’s statistic.

  1. Know your limit when it comes to alcoholic beverages.
  2. Designate a driver, take a cab, use Lyft or Uber, call AAA, use public transportation or ask a sober friend to come pick you up.
  3. Report suspected drunk drivers.
  4. If you are planning to attend a New Year’s party, arrange to stay at the party location, or stay at a hotel or motel that is within walking distance.
  5. Celebrate the New Year without alcohol.

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The number of wrong way driving accidents has been on the rise in Tampa, and this alarming trend continued on Thursday when four instances of wrong-way drivers on Bay area roads were reported, including one that resulted in a fatal crash.

This recent activity comes despite law enforcement being extra vigilant when it comes to wrong-way drivers.

A Spring Hill man was killed on US 41 Thursday when the car he was a passenger in crashed head-on into another car near State Road 52. The 39-year-old man was killed and his 38-year-old wife suffered critical injuries. The driver of the other car, a 40-year-old Tampa man remains hospitalized in serious condition.

Troopers said alcohol was not a factor in that crash. This man’s death is the 12th this year due to a crash involving a driver going the wrong way on a Bay area roadway.

That fatal accident was the last of four incidents Thursday. Two of the other three did involve alcohol, according to authorities.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies stopped two wrong-way drivers in separate incidents earlier Thursday.

Deputies started getting telephone calls just before 2 a.m. about a wrong way driver in eastern Hillsborough County. Deputies said the woman was stopped driving the wrong way on Highway 60 East at Turkey Creek Road. She was arrested on DUI charges.

14308719365_998864538d_zJust two hours later, another driver was stopped by deputies going north in the southbound lanes of the Veterans Expressway just south of Gunn Highway. Deputies believe the driver of the Toyota Corolla, a 34-year-old Tampa man, smelled of alcohol, had delayed reaction and watery and red bloodshot eyes. Deputies also allege his blood alcohol was measured at more than two times the legal limit.

And a few hours after that, the Florida Highway Patrol received multiple calls about a motorcycle going the wrong way on Interstate 275 near downtown Tampa.

Troopers responded and located the 25-year-old Tampa biker standing along the southbound inside shoulder next to the parked 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle which was facing north.

The man told troopers he had entered the interstate at Busch Boulevard and was traveling southbound listening to music from his smart phone. According to reports, the man dropped his phone south of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and decided to travel back along the inside shoulder to the area where he had dropped his phone to find it.

The man’s motorcycle was towed from the scene because troopers said he had a suspended driver license at the time of the incident. No charges were filed.

There were no crashes or injuries in the other three wrong way driving incidents.

Drivers that intentionally or unknowingly drive the wrong way on a street, highway or interstate pose an imminent threat to all other motorists and passenger sharing the roadway. Due to the fact that automobiles are heading directly toward one another at a high rate of speed, there is usually very little or no time at all for drivers to react to the situation and avoid the collision. Wrong-way crashes are almost always head-on collisions that result in serious injuries or even death, as Thursdays’ fatality shows.

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A 37-year-old Kissimmee man has been arrested for DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide in an October collision that killed a motorcyclist in Haines City.

According to Polk County deputies, FDLE blood analysis showed that the man arrested had a blood alcohol content of .145 when he caused the fatal crash on October 12, 2014.

According to reports, the man was driving his 2000 silver Chrysler Concord westbound on Johnson Avenue in Haines City around 5:41 p.m. when he passed another vehicle travelling westbound in a no passing zone.

373976620_333fa39a77_zDeputies believe the man’s car entered the eastbound lane and into the path of a Harley motorcycle being driven by a 52-year-old Lakeland man. The two vehicles hit head-on. The biker was pronounced dead at the scene.

Following the crash, deputies sent a sample of the man’s blood to the state FDLE lab for analysis. Once the results were returned to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, deputies obtained a warrant for the man’s arrest.

On November 27, the man was taken into custody and booked into the Polk County Jail. He was released on November 29 after posting bond.

Most accidents that result from a drunk driver will result in criminal charges being filed. Additionally, the victim of the accident may be able to file a civil claim for his or her injuries. In a case where there is a death, the family of the deceased may file a wrongful death claim.

Filing a claim will not fill the void that is left after losing a loved one, but it can provide some sense of closure. It may help to know that the at-fault party is being held accountable for their negligent actions. Filing a claim can also help to alleviate costs, such as medical bills or funeral arrangements that a family was not prepared to pay for.

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A Palmetto woman who was involved in a motorcycle crash last weekend passed away from her injuries.

The 52-year-old woman was riding as a passenger on a motorcycle Saturday morning at 1:45 a.m. when the driver lost control and crashed on 54th Avenue N just east of 16th Street N.

St. Petersburg police believe the 52-year-old driver of the 2014 Harley-Davidson was traveling east in the curb lane when he failed to negotiate a slight bend in the roadway and struck the south curb.

13667211083_9feebb4f97_z (1)He lost control of the motorcycle and it exited the roadway. The motorcycle then slid on its right side, hit a road sign and came to a stop at 54th and 15th Street N. Both the man and woman were ejected from the motorcycle. The man was treated for his injuries at the scene. The woman was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg where she was pronounced dead at 2:34 p.m.

The investigation is still underway.

Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents happen all too frequently because drivers fail to notice motorcycles and do not take reasonable care for the safety of motorcyclists. According to a study by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are actually 37 times more likely to be fatally injured in a collision and 9 times more likely to be injured.

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Gas prices across the country are at an average of $2.85 a gallon, which is the lowest cost for the entire year and down 43 cents from this time last year. According to AAA, travelers should anticipate more traffic on the roads as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches.

AAA estimates that nearly 46.3 million people will travel a distance of at least 50 miles from home over the Thanksgiving weekend, Wednesday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Nov. 30. This is a 4.2 percent increase from last year and the highest anticipated volume since 2007.

According to AAA, around 90 percent of those travelling for the Thanksgiving holiday will do so by automobile. In accordance with that, Thanksgiving air travel is also expected to be at the highest level since 2007, with 3.55 million people flying.

Those who are driving to get to their Thanksgiving destination should plan their time out properly. It is estimated that it will take at least 25 percent longer to get to your final stop. In fact, Wednesday pre-Thanksgiving rush hour is expected to begin about two hours earlier than on a typical Wednesday. The worst delays are expected to occur between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

2363258975_4c1a659c4b_mThe National Safety Council expects 418 people will be killed during the Thanksgiving holiday and another 44,700 seriously injured. The best thing that you can do to protect yourself and those you love is to buckle up.

The following safety tips can help make sure your Thanksgiving holiday is safe and sound:

  1. Check to see that your vehicle is in proper working order.
  2. Make sure you have a full tank of gas, check the tire air pressure and make sure the windshield fluid is full.
  3. Always wear a seatbelt and follow the speed limit.
  4. Stay well-rested so that you can be alert behind the wheel.
  5. Exercise caution in construction areas and work zones.
  6. Avoid distractions – do not text and drive, refrain from calling or receiving phone calls and always pay attention to the road.
  7. Take a break. Long trips may require you to stop frequently or even switch drivers.
  8. Keep an emergency preparedness kit inside the vehicle with useful items, such as water, snacks, a flashlight, first aid kit, extra cash and blankets.

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