A 24-year-old man was killed Sunday evening when his motorcycle collided with a deer on a Citrus County road.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the Chiefland man was riding his 2003 Harley-Davidson motorcycle northbound at 7 p.m. on US Highway 19 just before West Bentbow Path, when a deer jumped into his path.
The motorcycle collided with the deer and overturned, troopers said.
The man, who troopers said was not wearing a helmet, was transported to Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center, where he later died.
Deer that jump out into the road can cause all sorts of collisions, including motorcycle crashes. Bikers and motorists alike should abide by the following safety tips when travelling through areas known to have wildlife:
- Always drive with caution, especially at dusk and dawn when deer activity is high.
- Reduce speed in wooded areas and fields.
- If you see a deer, know that there are likely more in the area, so keep an eye out.
- Avoid swerving, whenever possible.
Victims of deer accidents are often barred from recovery under Florida law. That said, an immediate consult with a qualified and experienced Personal Injury lawyer is invaluable to investigate all angles of recovery.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, or have lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash, our Citrus County Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help. We will fight for fair and full compensation for all your losses. Call us today at 352-726-0078 for a free consultation, or contact us online.