Florida Highway Patrol confirmed that a motorcyclist died in a highway accident on the afternoon of Feb. 4. The 58-year-old man was killed while riding his motorcycle on the inside lane of Interstate 275 in St. Petersburg. Following the fatal crash, the southbound lanes of the highway were shut down until about 7 p.m.
According to an FHP spokesperson, a car driver did not see the motorcyclist and drove in front of him. The motorcyclist avoided a collision with the car by moving to the shoulder of the highway. While driving on the shoulder, however, the motorcyclist struck a disabled vehicle and was ejected from his bike. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A statement from the FHP did not indicate whether the driver of the car is expected to face any criminal charges. Although motorcycles are less visible than other vehicles on the road, car drivers are expected to watch out for them. Motorcycle riders are entitled to the same following distance as other vehicles on the road.
A family who has lost a loved one in this way might be able to claim some financial compensation for their loss by filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver who was at fault. While building a wrongful death claim, many families choose to enlist the help of an attorney. In addition to helping a family determine who was at fault for their loved one's death, an attorney could handle the unpleasant tasks of gathering evidence from the crash scene and assessing the extent of the family's damages.
Source: FOX 13, "Fatal crash blocks I-275 lanes in St. Petersburg," Chris Hegarty, Feb. 4, 2015