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Passenger killed in Ocala-area motorcycle accident

When we talk about victims of motorcycle accidents, we usually talk about the driver of the bike. Because of their size, in many cases, the sole occupant of a motorcycle is the one at the controls. However, many motorcycle variants allow for other riders, either behind the driver, or less frequently, in a side-car. Florida residents would do well to remember that the passengers on a motorcycle are as much at risk as the driver, but with no control over what is happening with the bike.

As an example of this fact, an unfortunate incident took place recently near Ocala, when the passenger on a motorcycle was killed as the result of an accident. A 29-year-old woman was riding with a male driver on South 441 when a pick-up truck apparently began to turn left in front of them. The driver of the motorcycle determined he did not have time to stop the bike, so he "laid it down." Though the two vehicles did not collide, the motorcycle riders were thrown from the bike. Both were taken to a local hospital, and the woman was subsequently transferred to Gainesville, where she died the day after the crash.The authorities have issued citations to both drivers in the incident. The truck driver was cited for failure to yield right of way, while the motorcycle driver was hit for knowingly driving without a working headlight. The crash took place just after sunset. Neither motorcycle rider was wearing helmet.

A tragedy like this was probably preventable in several ways. A working headlight may have warned the truck driver that the motorcycle was approaching. The truck driver could have taken more time to look before making his turn. Either, or both, parties may have been negligent. The family of the deceased woman will have to live with her absence permanently, and they may be deserving of legal compensation for this fatal motorcycle accident.

Source:, "Drivers cited after fatal motorcycle crash," Austin L. Miller, June 29, 2017

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