Pasco County, FL (February 1, 2019) - A 47-year-old motorcyclist from Holiday died in a crash on US 19. The crash took place on Thursday, January 31st around 9:15 am.
Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol say that 48-year-old Patrice L. Smiley was diving a 2013 Hyundai Tucson southbound on US 19 when she attempted to make a left turn at the intersection of Denton Avenue. Smiley had a flashing yellow signal at the time she attempted the turn. As she was making the turn Smiley's vehicle collided with a 2011 Suzuki motorcycle driven by Lyle K. Alexander. Alexander died at the scene of the crash.
Following an investigation, police determined that Alexander had a green light in his lane of travel. There is no word at this time on whether Smiley will be charged.
Our condolences go to the family of Lyle Alexander for their loss in this tragic crash. Motorcycle accidents happen quite frequently and tend to be severe. Although only 3% of all registered motor vehicles are motorcycles, an astounding 14% of all traffic-related fatalities involve motorcycles. While a motorcycle can bring fun and enjoyment for many, the dangers of riding cannot be underscored enough.
Drivers on the roadway have an obligation to maintain a lookout for other vehicles, including motorcycles at all times. Failure to maintain a proper lookout that results in a collision is a form of negligence that leads to liability.
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in a Florida motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. To speak with a Florida motorcycle accident attorney at Rubenstein Law, give us a call any time at 1-800 FL-Legal. We are here for you.
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