People in Tampa who ride motorcycles often enjoy the freedom, maneuverability and the overall fun of the endeavor. That, however, does not alter the dangers they face when out on the road. If there is a motorcycle collision, it can lead to devastating injuries and even fatalities. Those who have been affected by a fatal motorcycle crash need to understand what to do after it has happened.
A 59-year-old woman died in a fatal motorcycle crash after a car that was heading the wrong way on the road hit her. According to the investigation, at approximately 11:45 p.m., a Nissan was seen driving against the direction of traffic. A police office tried to stop the vehicle twice, but the driver didn’t stop. Not long after the second attempt, the car continued into oncoming traffic and hit the motorcycle. The woman suffered catastrophic injuries and died at the hospital. The 21-year-old driver of the Nissan was arrested. He was tested to determine if he was driving under the influence — police are still awaiting the results.
When there is a motorcycle collision, there is the likelihood that the motorcyclist will suffer from severe injuries that can lead to long-term damage. They might not be able to return to work, could face hefty medical costs and need to be assisted with even the most rudimentary tasks during the day — placing a strain on their family both financially and personally. If there is a fatality, the family left behind will have to move forward without their loved one.
Insurers are often most interested in saving as much money as possible and avoiding a potentially costly legal filing. They might make an offer early in the process to preclude litigation. Families who accept these settlement offers frequently regret it as the amount is nowhere near enough to cover for their losses.
Source: WFTS, “Woman killed when wrong-way driver hits motorcycle head-on in Plant City,” Jacqueline Ingles, May 12, 2015