Two motorcyclists, including a 22-year-old Weeki Wachee man and a 27-year-old Citrus Springs man, were killed Saturday night after losing control of their vehicles.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the men exited the roadway and crashed through a fence and trees.
The crash occurred around 10:30 p.m. near Dunnellon High School on SW 180th Avenue Road.
The men were travelling southbound on SW 180th Avenue Road on separate bikes at a high rate of speed when they came to a curve that they failed to negotiate properly, causing them to veer onto the west shoulder, according to FHP. The Citrus Spring man’s bike struck a wire fence bordering the shoulder and the Weeki Wachee man’s bike hit a large wooden post supporting the fence. Both men were ejected from their sport bikes as they flipped, according to the FHP.
The Weeki Wachee man’s bike hit some trees, causing the bike to break into multiple pieces. The Citrus Spring man’s bike traveled farther south, and crashed through trees and underbrush before slamming into a large tree and breaking into numerous pieces.
According to the FHP report, the men and their bikes were found Sunday morning.
Both were wearing helmets, according to the report.
The sad reality about motorcycle crashes is that they are far too common, and far too deadly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, within the past decade, an average of nearly 76,000 people across the country suffered serious injuries requiring hospitalization from motorcycle collisions. Nearly 3,900 motorcyclists in the U.S. have died as a result of fatal injuries suffered from motorcycle crashes. These numbers only continue to rise every year.
One of the hardest things anyone can experience is unexpectedly losing a loved one. Finding out that your loss could have been prevented if a negligent driver had exercised more care can make the situation even worse. While we cannot do anything to bring your loved one back, our Citrus County Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can help you determine if someone else was to blame for the accident and assist you in filing a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party that caused your loss. By pursuing a wrongful death case in civil court, you can seek justice for your loved one and recover financial compensation for medical bills, funeral costs and other accident-related damages.
To speak with a Citrus County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at Whittel & Melton about your circumstances, please call us today at 352-726-0078 or contact us online. Your initial consultation is free and there is absolutely no obligation on your end.