• March 17, 2022

Motorcyclist Killed in Truck Accident on Tyrone Boulevard in St. Petersburg, FL

St. Petersburg, FL -- March 14, 2022, a motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a commercial truck along Tyrone Boulevard in St. Petersburg.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:30 p.m. along Tyrone Boulevard near Winchester Road. Preliminary investigation suggests the motorcyclist was traveling north on Tyrone when the southbound truck, hauling landscaping equipment, turned eastward near Winchester and entered the motorcycle's path. The two vehicles collided in the roadway.

The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver was unhurt and remained at the scene.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Motorcycle Accident on Tyrone Blvd in St. Petersburg

A troubling thing I've noticed over the years is that when motorcyclists crash they tend to get short-changed in terms of investigation. This is because of two main reasons: First, they are unfortunately not usually the ones to survive their accidents and thus can't tell their side of the story; second, riders have to grapple with certain public biases that affect how they're perceived and how their crashes are usually treated. People have a bad tendency to lump all riders together as lawbreakers and daredevils, even though the vast majority of motorcyclists tend to be more careful than people in four-wheeled vehicles. Having no seat belts or airbags tends to make many riders very cautious, but nobody ever talks about all the ones who don't split lanes or speed.

I'm getting off-track a little here. My point is that I hope those problems don't affect how the wreck in St. Petersburg is investigated. News reports paint a picture of a commercial truck turning into the path of a motorcycle that almost certainly had the right-of-way. I don't think that was malicious on the truck driver's part, but careless acts can have grave consequences as well as we see on Tyrone Boulevard. When that happens it's only right that someone be held accountable, but that partly depends on what investigators ultimately conclude about the accident. It's one thing if they find the motorcyclist was doing everything right and the truck simply got in the way, but it's another if they decide the bike was speeding--a common misconception about motorcycles due to a trick of perception rather than the bikes actually going too fast.

I've seen many collisions like this one where a motorcyclist was unfairly blamed due to investigator biases or self-preserving testimony from the crash's survivor. I certainly hope that won't be a problem in St. Petersburg, and I have no specific reason to worry about law enforcement's impartiality there, but I often recommend to victims and families after these crashes that they work with independent investigators rather than relying too much on police findings. It's only with all the clear facts of the matter in hand that they stand the best chance of seeking justice.

Motorcyclist Killed in Truck Accident on Tyrone Boulevard in St. Petersburg, FL

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