A 31-year-old Land O’ Lakes man was killed Wednesday morning in Tampa in a crash involving a motorcycle.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the crash happened at 56th Street and Hillsborough Avenue just before 7 a.m.
Troopers believe the motorcyclist ran the red light at the intersection while traveling west on Hillsborough Ave. He collided with a southbound Toyota pickup truck and was ejected from his motorcycle.
He died at the scene.
The 47-year-old driver of the pickup truck suffered minor injuries.
There can be many reasons a motorcyclist may run a red light. The driver might be in a new area, distracted by surroundings, or the traffic light could have malfunctioned, just to name a few. Running a red light is a top cause of auto accidents. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, red light accidents are 47 percent more likely to result in injury or death.
All drivers must exercise caution on roadways and stay aware of their surroundings to prevent unnecessary accidents. Serious injuries and fatalities can occur in a matter of seconds. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, our Tampa Bay Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you understand whether you have a valid claim for compensation to help with your losses. Call us today at 727-823-0000 or contact us online for a free consultation.