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6 bikers killed in central Florida over 2 days

Florida is one of the ideal states to see from behind handlebars, as many motorcyclists can tell you. The majority of the state is flat and spacious, with open roads that hug some of the world's most attractive beaches and enticing wildlife areas.

The number of bikes on the interstates and smaller highways keep other drivers in the Sunshine State looking out for them, because even a minor collision can mean serious injury, permanent disability or death to the driver or passenger of a motorcycle. Drivers should take extra care at dawn and dusk, as well as while making turns.

A recent couple of days have brought sad news, with six motorcyclists killed in wrecks in central Florida alone. The sixth victim was killed during a hit-and-run incident, in which the driver of a pickup truck collided with a motorcycle in Daytona Beach and then escaped in another car. The 51-year-old motorcyclist from Ormond Beach died later at a local hospital.

Two people died in an accident the previous day in Orange County, where a vehicle pulled in front of them. Three others died in a crash involving three motorcycles and a solo wreck in Volusia County as an annual motorcycle festival kicked off in the area.

Motorcyclists injured in collisions with cars or trucks may have a viable claim for damages, including reimbursement of medical expenses and compensation for pain and emotional distress. Survivors of motorcycle fatalities may likewise consider claims against at-fault drivers for compensation for funeral expenses, loss of consortium and if applicable, medical expenses and lost wages.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, "Motorcyclist killed in hit-and-run crash in Daytona Beach," Krista Torralva, Oct. 22, 2017

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