According to the Insurance Information Institute, there were 5.6% fewer fatal motorcycle crashes in 2017 compared with 2016. In 2016, 5,286 people died in motorcycle crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists were 28 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in an accident in 2016. The same agency reported that in 2013, motorcyclists accounted for 14% of all traffic fatalities. 51% of those fatal crashes involved collisions with passenger vehicles. 74% of these collisions involved the motorcycle hitting the vehicles head-on. Only 6% of fatal motorcycle accidents involved the bike being struck in the rear. In 42% of these accidents, it involved the passenger vehicle was turning left while the motorcycle was going straight.
The Bradenton Herald reports that a motorcyclist has died two days after being involved in a crash with a passenger vehicle.
The accident occurred just before 10 p.m. on Sunday at the intersection of State Road 70 and First Street East, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The intersection is located in Manatee County.
26-year-old Floyd David Lee Laycock was riding westbound on S.R. 70 on a Suzuki GSX-R sports bike in the left lane.
A 23-year-old male driving a 2019 Hyundai Elantra was heading southbound on First Street East and stopped at the stop sign.
The driver failed to yield the right of way and turned left directly into the path of the motorcycle. Laycock collided head-on with the left side of the Hyundai. The bike and the rider came to rest in the left westbound lanes of the highway. The bike then caught fire.
The accident was not alcohol related and Laycock was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.