A Saturday motorcycle ride with friends ends with four being killed in a car accident.
Killed in the motorcycle crash were William Barker of Stuart and his passenger, Patrice Poole of Mount Dora and John Holmes of Beverly Hills, Florida and his passenger, Patricia Beihayn of Hernando, Florida.
According to the Highway Patrol, a driver was driving his 1991 GMC pickup west on CR 476 and was passing another vehicle when he realized the oncoming motorcycles were closer than he thought. Unable to slow in time, the driver struck both motorcycles causing all four riders to be ejected off their bikes. One was thrown into the windshield of the vehicle the driver was trying to pass. Tampabay.com reports that state records show that truck’s driver’s license was under suspension at the time of the accident.
This is a tragic accident that impacts these 4 motorcyclists’ families and friends. It should serve as a reminder to all of us of the dangers of passing vehicles. It also shows us that automobiles cause motorcycle accident–not just motorcyclists.
This tragedy should also serve as a reminder of the need for uninsured motorist coverage. What are the chances this driver, with a suspended driver’s license, carried adequate insurance coverage to compensate the motorcyclists’ families for their lost? Slim, I bet!
Motorcyclists, you cannot get Personal Injury Protection coverage for Florida car accidents, but you can and should get uninsured motorist coverage. The injuries cause from a motorcycle accident can be far worse than those from a standard car accident. Protect yourself and your family with uninsured motorist coverage.
If you or your friends have been injured in a Florida motorcycle accident, contact Personal Injury Attorney Matthew Noyes to understand your rights after a motorcycle accident. Attorney Noyes’ Tampa Bay law firm–Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes–has been caring for clients after Florida motorcycle accidents, car accidents, workers’ compensation claim and other personal injury matters for over 56 year. Contact them today for a free case consultation.