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Florida motorcycle accident claims a life

Anyone who's ever braved Florida's highways and byways on a motorcycle knows that it can be a risky proposition. First of all, motorcycles are smaller and often aren't seen by other drivers. Even when they are seen, other motorists often misjudge how much space the motorcyclist needs to operate safely. And then there are people who are biased against motorcyclists, seeing them as reckless riders who are responsible for any collision.

There's no telling which of these factors played a role in a recent motorcycle-versus-car accident that happened in Florida in late December. A motorcyclist was heading north on US-27 when he slowed down to make a left turn. The pickup truck that was traveling behind him failed to slow down, colliding with the rider and throwing him off the motorcycle. 

Sadly, the 45-year-old motorcyclist was killed. The man driving the truck left the scene of the accident but was later discovered about a half-mile away from where the crash occurred. He was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death. Other charges may be filed. Authorities from Florida Highway Patrol have not indicated whether drugs or alcohol played a role.

Regardless of any charges, the family of the man who was killed has a right to seek justice. They are left to mourn the death of their loved one, but they're also burdened with financial concerns like funeral expenses and lost wages.

In a case like this one, an attorney can be invaluable. He or she can investigate the crash, identify negligence and pursue compensation for the family.

Source: wctv.tv, "Motorcyclist killed, driver arrested in Lafayette County crash," December 28, 2016

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