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Florida motorcyclist killed in early morning accident with car

A motorcyclist en route to a Florida airport to help provide road escort service for veterans was killed in an early morning motorcycle accident on Sept. 7. The man died in the 3 a.m. accident after his Harley Davidson motorcycle was struck by a car from behind.

The motorcyclist, 58, was riding on Interstate 95, headed north toward Stuart, where he was to meet other members of the Florida Patriot Guard who were to escort World War II veterans to Palm Beach International Airport. The veterans were making a one-day Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. The Coral Springs motorcyclist was nearing Donald Ross Road at Jupiter when he was rear-ended by a 2010 Lexus, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The biker, who was wearing a helmet, flew off his Harley. Both he and the motorcycle landed in the grassy center median, where he died from injuries. After striking him, the Lexus went out of control and hit a guardrail. The driver, a 23-year-old woman, and her two passengers all sustained minor injuries. Damages to the car were estimated at $15,000. The highway patrol is continuing to investigate the accident and has not ruled out alcohol as a cause.

Accidents between motorcycles and cars can have deadly consequences because bikers do not have a metal shell surrounding them to provide protection. Motorcyclists frequently sustain brain and spinal injuries; in some instances, like this one, they lose their lives. Victims of motorcycle accidents may be entitled to financial compensation for their injuries, while surviving family members may be eligible for wrongful death compensation if a victim dies. A personal injury attorney may be able to assist victims or their survivors in getting this compensation by handling the details of the claim with the insurance company.

Source: Palm Beach Post, "Early morning motorcycle crash on I-95 in Jupiter kills Coral Springs man", Joe Capozzi and Daphne Duret, September 07, 2013

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