A 35-year-old motorcyclist is suffering from life-threatening injuries he sustained Thursday evening after being struck by a car in St. Pete. Law enforcement said the motorist was traveling north on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street when a vehicle pulled out in front of him.
The driver of the car who hit the cyclist was exiting a parking lot when she pulled into the biker’s path, according to a report in the St. Pete Patch. The motorcyclist was thrown into the car’s windshield before landing on the concrete. He was transported to Bayfront Medical Center, where he remains in serious condition. Authorities say he was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states nearly 19% of all Florida traffic fatalities in 2011 involved a motorcyclist or their passenger. Motorcycle accidents often result in traumatic brain injuries or death. Studies have shown riders wearing helmets are three times less likely to die in a wreck.
When a motorist is injured or killed in a crash, police routinely conduct an investigation to determine who or what factors may have caused the incident. Still, it may be important to also have an experienced personal injury lawyer look into the accident to determine who was at fault. Once the determination has been made, a skilled attorney will work to hold the at-fault party responsible for all losses caused by the accident.