Florida Motorcyclist Is Seriously Injured After Being Struck by Car in Fort Walton Beach Area
A 33-year-old Florida motorcyclist was injured on her birthday when a car struck her motorcycle. According to the Fort Walton Beach Fire Department, Laurel Hill resident Myria Jacobs was thrown nearly 40 feet off her motorcycle. The car turned left in front of her as she was heading south on Eglin Parkway and struck her motorcycle. Jacobs hit the car’s windshield and then soared over the motor vehicle until she fell onto the road. Jacobs was not wearing a helmet at the time of the motorcycle accident. Jacobs, who sustained serious head injuries, was airlifted and taken to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. As of yesterday, Jacobs condition had reportedly been upgraded from serious to fair. The driver of the car, Fort Walton Beach resident Elinor Monfils, 74, was cited by police for her failure to yield. Monfils sustained minor injuries in the crash and was treated at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. Motorcycle collisions can lead to serious personal injuries and even death—especially for the motorcyclist who does not have anything to protect him or her from the impact of colliding with a car, truck, bus, the ground, or a nonmoving steel or concrete object. Causes of motorcycle crashes include: • Driver negligence or carelessness • Speeding • Drunk driving • Driver inattention • Defective motor vehicle • Poor weather and road conditions Two-thirds of motorcycle accidents are caused by car drivers, who may not be watching for motorcyclists that are sharing the roads with them. Head injuries are the number one kind of motorcycle accident injury. Even though Florida law does not make it mandatory for motorcyclists to wear helmets, it is recommended that a DOT-approved helmet be used as a safety precaution. Even if a motorcyclist follows all the rules and drive safely, he or she cannot control the behavior of other drivers on the road. Medical and recovery costs, as well as other expenses associated with motorcycle injuries, can be very expensive. A good motorcycle accident lawyer can evaluate your injuries and your accident for you and determine whether you have grounds to file a motorcycle accident claim or lawsuit. Related Web Resources: Motorcycle Safety Foundation NHTSA, US Department of Transportation At The Law Office of John D. Ameen, P.A., our Florida motorcycle accident lawyers can help you file your personal injury claim or lawsuit. Please contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation with one of our experienced motorcycle crash attorneys.