Clearwater, FL (September 27, 2022) – A local man has been charged in connection with a fatal motorcycle crash in the Clearwater area that took place on Saturday night, September 24.
At around 9:15 p.m., 39-year-old Francisco Marcelo of Clearwater was headed west in a GMC Sierra pickup on Roosevelt Boulevard. Marcelo reportedly made a left turn onto 62nd Street N. and entered the path of an oncoming motorcyclist. The rider crashed into the right side of the pickup.
The operator of the bike was killed in the crash. His passenger, a 50-year-old woman, was hospitalized at Bayfront Health. None of the four occupants of the pickup were injured.
Marcelo was charged with multiple offenses, including driving under the influence.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family in hopes of a full recovery.
Deadly Motorcycle Accidents in Florida
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 281,340 recorded traffic accidents in Florida in 2012. 9,384 of them involved motorcycle accidents. Tragically, 425 motorcycle riders lost their lives in these collisions, while 7,809 more suffered injuries.
Accidents involving motorcycles almost often end in tragedy for everyone involved. Because there is no barrier or protection between the rider and the road, the injuries sustained in a motorbike accident are often more severe than those sustained in a vehicle collision. When it comes to financial recompense, as a biker you do, in fact, have the same legal rights accessible to you as drivers of automobiles have.
Accidents involving motorcycles almost often result in far more extensive damage than collisions involving automobiles. Motorcyclists do not have access to the same kinds of passive and active safety systems that drivers of automobiles do. According to Florida State Law, motorcyclists are exempt from the requirement that they wear helmets. Eye protection and adequate medical coverage are mandatory items for motorcyclists, who are also obliged to have proper liability insurance.
If a member of your family passed away as a result of someone else’s carelessness, you and your relatives may be entitled to damages. You can submit a claim to have the party responsible for the accident pay for your connected expenses with the assistance of a Clearwater motorcycle accident lawyer at Rebein Law. If you are going through a scenario like this, you should see a lawyer right away.
If there has been a wrongful death in the family, call 813-305-7285 to talk with Attorney Paul Rebein about how we might be able to help with your recovery.
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Disclaimer: The purpose of this post is to inform our readers about the dangers of driving and to provide information for people who are injured in an accident in Florida. This post is not a solicitation for business. None of the information provided is intended to be legal or medical advice. The photo used in this post was not taken at the actual accident scene.