This one hits close to home for us at the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA. Late on Monday July 22, 2013, a local Clearwater motorcyclist was killed only a few blocks from our office after losing control of his ride. This latest wreck come less than one week after a 28-year-old Palm Harbor motorcyclist was killed after colliding with an SUV on the very stretch of asphalt (Belcher Road). It marks the third North Pinellas County motorcycle death over the past two weeks. Just two weeks before this latest motorcycle tragedy, one of the heroes of the Ireland Nugent story—paramedic Christopher Jennings—lost his life after crashing his bike on Keene road.
I wish that I could report that this latest rash of motorcycle tragedies was unique to North Pinellas County, but the rest of the Tampa Bay area has seen bike-related deaths on the rise as well. Tampa Bay’s local FOX affiliate recently posted an article about the alarming rise in motorcycle related deaths in Tampa. As of two weeks ago, City of Tampa motorcycle crash deaths in 2013 had risen over 400 percent when compared to statistics from 2012.
When those statistics are combined with the unfortunate numbers from Saint Petersburg, including a July 12 crash that killed one man and left his passenger in serious condition, it is easy to see a region-wide trend in increased danger to bikers. Whether this is the result of more motorcycles on the road, the seemingly ever-present thunderstorms in the area, or just bad luck is a diagnosis best left to the professionals. However, we at Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA are hoping that a renewed dedication to informing the public of tips on keeping the road safe for car drivers, and motorcyclists alike will help put a stop to this troubling trend. It’s everyone’s job to do their part in keeping Tampa Bay’s roads safe. For tips on how to protect yourself following a motorcycle crash, visit Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA’s extensive practice page on motorcycle crashes.