58-year-old Jacksonville Woman Severely Injured in Motorcycle Accident

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Motorcycle accidents often result in life-threatening injuries. In Jacksonville, a 58-year-old woman, riding her motorcycle, suffered severe injuries due to a collision with a car that was turning into a gas station in the St. Nicolas area. The motorcyclist was taken to Shands Jacksonville with injuries that may be fatal. It was reported that this motorcycle accident is under investigation by the traffic homicide division. There are no reports as to whether the motorcycle rider was wearing a helmet.
Florida motorcycle helmet law, Florida Statute 316.211(3)(b), does not require anyone over the age of 21, such as the motorcyclist involved in this accident, to wear a helmet if the motorcyclist has $10,000.00 in insurance coverage for medical benefits. Since the motorcyclist involved in the Jacksonville accident is 58-years-old, she would not be required, under Florida law, to wear a helmet.
While safety precautions are necessary for motorcyclists, it is also important that drivers of other motor vehicles be aware of their surroundings. Often motorcycle accidents occur because the driver of a car does not look for smaller vehicles. Using proper driving precautions, such as checking blind spots, using rearview and side-view mirrors before changing lanes, keeping a safe distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you, regardless of the size, can be helpful in preventing such accidents.

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