Information was released Friday about a Thanksgiving crash at the entrance of a Beverly Hills community that left a Citrus Springs motorcyclist with life-threatening injuries.
According to a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office crash report, a 20-year-old male was riding a black Honda motorcycle in the inside, southbound lane of County Road 491, approaching the intersection with West Black Diamond Circle at 6:53 p.m. on Nov. 28.
At the same time, a 49-year-old man was driving a gray Nissan Rogue on Black Diamond Circle and was stopped at the intersection with C.R. 491.
The driver of the Nissan told the investigating sheriff’s office deputy he didn’t see the motorcyclist as he tried to cut across to northbound lanes of C.R. 491, the report shows.
Another witness who was driving south on C.R. 491 told deputies they saw the driver of the Nissan stopped at the intersection and pull out into southbound lanes as the motorcyclist sped passed them at roughly 60 mph in the 40 mph speed zone, according to the crash report.
The man’s motorcycle then struck the back-left side of the other driver’s SUV, which then spun around into the median. The biker was thrown from the motorcycle and landed in the road. Emergency responders flew the biker for treatment of incapacitating injuries, the report shows.
The driver of the Nissan and one of his two passengers were uninjured; the second passenger suffered a minor injury to their arm but was not hospitalized.
No citations were listed in the sheriff’s crash report.
Experiencing a motorcycle accident of any kind certainly warrants the legal support of our Citrus County Motorcycle Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton. A motorcycle accident tends to be more deadly than an accident involving a passenger car. When the aftermath of a car vs. motorcycle accident is not fatal, injuries are often severe and may permanently alter the victim’s life.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, you may have legal options. The best choice you could make immediately following the crash is to consult our motorcycle injury attorneys in Citrus County. At Whittel & Melton, we understand that motorcycles offer very little protection from a forceful impact when involved in an accident. Bikers are often thrown ejected from the bike resulting in life-threatening injuries, as this case shows. The unfortunate truth is that the motorcyclists is not typically not to blame. In Florida, there are laws to protect victims of motorcycle accidents. By learning about your rights and legal options now, it may be possible to secure financial compensation that protects your future.
The reality is that motorcycle drivers and passengers face a very high risk of being seriously harmed in the event of a collision. Our Citrus County Motorcycle Injury Attorneys have handled a large number of injury cases involving:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Head injuries
- Severe facial wounds
- Loss of limb
- Severe road rash
- Collapsed lung
- Internal bleeding
- Broken bones
- Torn muscles and ligaments
- Wrongful death
Regardless of whether you have suffered from a moderate to serious or life threatening injuries, our Citrus County Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton would like to discuss the possibility of recovering compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Future medical care
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
- Funeral costs
A motorcycle accident can happen anytime of the day, anywhere, and for a majority of different reasons. Reports indicate that approximately 56% of motorcycle accidents occur on major, non-interstate roads. Another 30% occur on small roads, and the remaining 14% on freeways and interstates. We have helped motorcycle injury victims recover for accidents that were a result of:
- Distracted driving
- Failing to yield or stop
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Road defects
- Changing lanes
- Pulling out without looking
Most motorcycle accident cases involve a driver of a passenger vehicle who has failed to see the biker or safely share the road with them. Sadly, the consequences can be devastating.