Sarasota Police are looking for information regarding a hit-and-run crash involving a motorcycle on U.S 41 near Arlington Street Sunday morning around 6:30. The 30-year-old motorcycle rider was traveling south on US 41 when he hit the rear end of a 2007 Honda stopped at a red light. He was thrown from the bike, landing in another southbound lane where he was hit by a van, which left the scene. He was airlifted to Blake Medical Center. His injuries were not life-threatening, according to the report at MySuncoast.com.
Witnesses describe the van as a white 1997 Ford Windstar, in poor condition and lacking a functioning tail light on the driver’s side. Anyone who can provide information about the van or its driver should contact Officer Forrister of the Sarasota Police Department.
In Florida, leaving the scene of an injury accident is a third degree felony.
Hit and run accidents are not uncommon in Florida and they highlight the importance of carrying uninsured motorist coverage on your insurance policy, which can protect you if you are injured by an uninsured or underinsured driver or if the driver leaves the scene of the accident and is never identified.
To learn more about protecting yourself and your family from these irresponsible drivers, order your copy of Sarasota personal injury attorney Jim Dodson’s book Uninsured Motorist Coverage - Don't Leave Home Without It.
In his law practice of more than 25 years, Jim has seen the problems people face when they are seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident and have no recourse beyond limited no-fault coverage because the driver was uninsured, underinsured, or missing.