Motorcycle crashes are often deadly. Sadly, this week, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and a current member of the Florida National Guard, was killed in a motorcycle accident in St. Augustine. This particular accident only involved the motorcycle the veteran, John Hruz 52, was riding. Mr. Hruz failed to properly adjust going into a curve and his motorcycle went off the road and flipped over several times.
Mr. Hruz was ejected from the bike and his body was found 18 feet from the wreckage. He was not wearing a helmet, and as a result died at the scene. Sadly, this sort of accident happens all the time. A local reporter noted that this was the third motorcycle accident, like this, in that area this year. Sadly, countless others have taken place in Florida and across the nation.
Motorcycle safety is crucial. Florida is a beautiful state, with great year round weather for riding a motorcycle. As a result, our state sees increased motorcyclists on the road and also increased motorcycle related accidents, injuries, and fatalities. All this emphasizes an obvious point: it is important to put safety first.
In this particular case, alcohol has not been ruled out as a contributing factor. Mr. Hruz was riding home from a Sports bar. Obviously, the consumption of alcohol plays a very large role in a number of serious accidents.
In this particular case, the lack of a safety helmet was a severe aggravating factor that contributed to Mr. Hruz’s death. Had he been wearing a helmet his chances of surviving would have been much greater. Although the law of Florida doesn’t require motorcyclists to wear helmets, the statistics paint a clear picture. Wearing a proper helmet can be the difference between life and death. A motorcyclist not wearing a helmet is 40% more likely to die in a Motorcycle wreck than a motorcyclist that is wearing a helmet in the same accident.
Mr. Hruz, according to reports, was speeding. It is important to obey the rules of the road and drive at a safe speed. The speed of the motorcycle not only increases the danger to the rider but it also decreases the ability of the rider to respond to obstacles, turns, etc. Of all the motorcycles accidents in the United States, 50% involved speeding.
Remember it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Unfortunately, all the safety precautions in the world cannot ensure that you or a loved one won’t be injured in an accident. We live in a world where we get hurt, all too often, by the mistakes of others. However, if you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident that involved a car or truck you may be entitled to recover for your losses. This is why you need to contact an experienced Clearwater Motorcycle injury attorney at the Dolman Law Group. Initial consultations are both free and confidential. Call us today at 727-451-6900.