19-Year-Old Motorcyclist Killed in Hillsborough County Crash


A 19-year-old Tampa man was killed in a motorcycle accident late Saturday night.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 2005 BMW was traveling northbound on Reflections Club Drive approaching SR-580 (Hillsborough Ave).

The 19-year-old was traveling eastbound on SR-580 in the outside lane approaching Reflections Club Drive on a 2004 Yamaha motorcycle.

Troopers believe the driver of the BMW failed to yield right-of-way for the motorcycle and attempted to make a left turn onto westbound SR-580.

According to reports, the biker tried to break but ended up colliding with BMW. He was ejected from the motorcycle and died at the scene.

Charges are pending. There were no other injuries reported.

Motorcyclists must adhere to the same right-of-way rules as drivers of passenger vehicles. However, the sad truth is that many drivers fail to follow these rules and violate a biker’s right of way.

If you were injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver’s failure to yield, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries and losses. Motorcycle collisions involving a bike and another automobile are too common and are often caused by the other driver’s failure to yield. Failure-to-yield motorcycle accidents occur when:

  • A driver turns in front of a motorcyclist without using proper turn signals
  • A driver fails to check their blind spot and sideswipes a motorcycle
  • A driver runs a biker off the road or into oncoming traffic

When a Florida motorcyclist is harmed because of another driver’s failure to yield, financial recovery may be available to the victim or the surviving family members. At Whittel & Melton, our Florida Motorcycle Accident Lawyers are dedicated to making sure injured riders receive the compensation they need to recover from their injuries. If you have lost someone you care for in a Florida motorcycle collision, we will fight to ensure that all responsible parties are held accountable for their reckless actions. To find out how we can help you recover compensation for a Florida motorcycle accident, call us today at 727-823-0000 or contact us online.


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