A 42-year-old Lecanto woman was killed Monday afternoon in a motorcycle crash in Inverness.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the woman was killed after the motorcycle she was riding on was struck by a vehicle on State Road 44 near south Tighe Drive.
The crash occurred at 5:30 p.m. when the driver of a Ford F-150 pickup truck attempted to make a U-turn on State Road 44. As the truck completed the U-turn, the motorcycle collided with the passenger side door.
The 55-year-old motorcycle driver suffered serious injuries and was transported to Ocala Regional Hospital. The woman riding as a passenger later died at the hospital.
No one in the Ford suffered any harm.
The crash is currently under investigation.
Motorcycle accidents result in a much higher rate of severe injuries than wrecks that involve only passenger vehicles. On that same note, motorcyclists are significantly more likely to be killed in a traffic accident than passenger-vehicle occupants, even if the motorcyclist is wearing a helmet.
Despite the fact that motorcyclists face greater physical risks than other drivers, bikers have the same entitlements as other motorists, and this includes the right to pursue legal action if they are harmed in an accident that is the direct result of another person’s negligence.