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Miami motorcyclist killed after crash in Charlotte County

A 23-year-old Miami man who was riding his motorcycle was killed recently when he collided with a pickup truck.

The motorcycle crash, which occurred about three hours northwest of Miami in Charlotte County, demonstrates how at-risk motorcyclists can be in accidents. Motorcycles do not offer the stability and protection of a car frame, for example, which makes their riders more vulnerable in accidents.

The man was headed north on Veterans Boulevard around 10:45 p.m. when the Ford F-150 pickup truck in front of him made a U-Turn. The man then struck the rear of the pickup truck. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died. Investigators are trying to determine whether alcohol was involved in the crash and charges are pending the results of their inquisition.

While it has not yet been determined what occurred to cause this accident, all drivers need to pay special attention to motorcyclists. Motorcycles can be difficult to see and respond to if drivers are only looking out for other cars. Motorcyclists, for their part, should take care not to loiter in cars' blind spots and should always use appropriate safety gear while riding, including a properly fitting helmet, gloves and boots. All road users - whether cars or motorcyclists - have a responsibility to use signals, obey traffic signs and speed limits and stay alert and aware on the highways.

Source: News-Press, "Miami man killed in Charlotte County motorcycle crash," 6 June 2011.

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