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Florida motorcyclist dies in school bus collision

Motorcycles are a fast and convenient way to transit the roads and highways of the United States. With pleasurable weather and long expanses of open road, Florida is a good home to thousands of bikers and a host to countless others who enjoy the state from behind handlebars.

Bikes of all kinds experience many more unfortunate hazards on the road than cars and trucks. The small profile of two-wheeled vehicles makes them more difficult to see, and distracted drivers can easily mistake bikers at dusk or night for stationary object or, worse, not see them at all.

As a result, motorcyclists must keep themselves safe with predictable driving behavior and well-lit bikes. Even a minor collision can leave an unprotected motorcycle driver or rider with severe injuries, permanent disability or even a loss of life.

An 18-year-old Floridian was killed when a collision with a school bus in Pinellas County threw him off his motorcycle. Fortunately, the driver and seven children on board the bus were unharmed.

The biker was in the process of changing lanes to pass another vehicle when he collided with the rear of the bus. He was wearing a helmet; his body could not sustain the force of being thrown from the motorcycle at high speed.

Legal representation may be advisable for the victim of a motorcycle accident or the loved ones of a deceased victim. At-fault accidents, such as those involving distracted driving or excessive speed, may be grounds for financial damages and other civil actions.

Source: Tampa Bay Reporter, "Motorcyclist Dies in Crash with Pinellas School Bus," Sep. 18, 2017

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