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Separate crashes claim lives of 2 scooter drivers in Florida

Authorities in Florida say that two motor scooter operators died in similar but unrelated incidents on Nov. 13. According to preliminary reports, the fatalities occurred when each scooter collided with an oncoming vehicle that attempted to make a turn in front of it.

Both incidents happened in Pinellas County. According to the sheriff's office, a 21-year-old woman lost her life in Dunedin when her motor scooter crashed into a Jeep Cherokee on Alt. U.S. 19. The Jeep's driver, a 24-year-old man, was traveling in the northbound lanes at approximately 10 p.m. when he attempted to turn onto Orange Street in front of the southbound scooter. Sources indicate that the ensuing impact caused the woman to be thrown from the smaller vehicle.

About two hours earlier, a motor scooter operated by a 39-year-old man hit the side of a 2007 Volkswagen in St. Petersburg. The sedan was heading southbound on 16th Street N when its female driver attempted to turn onto 18th Avenue N in front of the northbound scooter. Following the crash, the motor scooter's driver was transported to a nearby medical facility where he later succumbed to his injuries.

When motor scooters and larger, heavier vehicles collide, the scooter operator could suffer incapacitating injuries, and in some cases, the injuries might be fatal. Individuals who have lost a loved one in a motor scooter crash could choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking financial compensation from those responsible for the accident. Although it cannot reverse the tragic event, a financial award could help surviving family members gain some measure of closure as they begin to rebuild their lives.

Source: Tampa Bay Times , "Two hit and killed in Pinellas motor scooter crashes overnight", November 14, 2014

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