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Fatal Motorcycle Crash

A motorcycle accident has tragically ended the life of a 56-year-old man on Wednesday. The crash occurred as a high school student exited the parking lot at Matanzas High School located in the Palm Coast, Florida area. According to the Florida Highway patrol a 17-year-old high school student driving a Chevrolet Impala pulled out of the parking lot at the school. As he exited the parking lot the teen's car T-boned the motorcycle. The motorcyclist Mark Radcliff was critically injured. He was transported to the hospital where he died as a result of injruies sustained in the crash. The teen had minor injuries. The crash is being investigated. Charges are pending. Motorcyclist deaths occurred 28% times more frequently than fatalities in other vehicles based on NHTSA crash data. As we approach May the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's annual Motorcycle Awareness campaign begins. The campaign every year they focus on motorcycle safety as a concern for motorist and motorcyclist. Motorcycle crashes involving another vehicle are frequently the result of the driver not seeing the motorcycle. Blind spots, distracted driving and just glancing too quickly are several of the reasons why drivers miss seeing motorcycles. Many of these tragic accidents could have been prevented. Parent's please take time to use this tragic lesson with your teen drivers and take a moment to reflect on how you can be the best example for your teens. We have a few tips and facts to share with drivers about Motorcycle Awareness.

"Get Up To Speed" Help Reduce Motorcycle Accidents

"Get Up to Speed" on reducing the number of motorcycle accidents. Learn more on how to drive safely around motorcycles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists accounted for nearly 14 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2015, while motorcycles make up just 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States. Even the smallest momentary lapse in a motorist attention can result in the serious injury or even death of an unseen motorcyclist. That means sending a short text, opening a soft drink or glancing back to check on a child could result in a serious life changing accident. Consider the following points to reduce your risk of injuring a motorcyclist; 1. Your car has blind spots. Properly adjust your mirrors. 2. Compensate for your cars blind spots by looking twice. 3. Motorcyclist stop quickly. Keep a good distance between your vehicle and a motorcycle. 4. Because of a motorcycles size it is more difficult to see them and more difficult to judge their distance. 5. Weaving in the lane by a motorcyclist is sometimes a tactic used by motorcyclist to gain your attention and to make sure drivers notice the motorcycle next to them. 6. Don't Drive Distracted. Over half of all motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle. When the motorist is at fault the reason that the police often hear, "I just did not see the motorcycle." 7. Speed is often present in fatal accidents. Speed is often the reason the driver just didn't see the motorcyclist in front of them. Together we can reduce motorcycle fatalities. Share this with the young drivers in your life. Just this past weekend in our area serious motorcycle accidents occurred. Both Jacksonville and St Augustine roadways experienced collisions involving motorcycles and automobiles. Together we can reduce motorcycle fatalities. Share this with the young drivers in your life.

Jacksonville Motorcycle Accident -Semi- Truck Leaves the Scene

On Wednesday May 10th approximately 230 PM, Dillon Rybarczyk was in a motorcycle accident entering 295 North from Hwy 17 in Orange Park / Jacksonville FL. He was struck from behind by what the witnesses described as a red semi- tractor trailer with a white trailer, and was pushed into the SUV in front of him. He was then ejected into the lanes to the left. Witnesses said the semi then drove around him while lying in the lane and left the scene. FHP has collected information from the witnesses pertaining to the trucking company's name, and is currently conducting an investigation. If anyone has any information pertaining to this accident please message me or contact the Florida Highway Patrol. Dillon has suffered injuries from the accident and is recovering. Please feel free to share or repost, the more people that see this the better chance we have of finding the driver. Thank you to all who stopped to help my son, we are eternally grateful. Finally, a side note to the driver of the truck who valued his or her driver's license more than my son's life. You WILL be found. Jim Rybarczk, the father of Dillion Rybarczyk has requested help in finding the tractor-trailer driver that left the scene. Please share this post and if you have any information contact the Florida Highway Patrol.

Jacksonville Motorcycle Accident -Semi- Truck Leaves the Scene

On Wednesday May 10th approximately 230 PM, Dillon Rybarczyk was in a motorcycle accident entering 295 North from Hwy 17 in Orange Park / Jacksonville FL. He was struck from behind by what the witnesses described as a red semi- tractor trailer with a white trailer, and was pushed into the SUV in front of him. He was then ejected into the lanes to the left. Witnesses said the semi then drove around him while lying in the lane and left the scene. FHP has collected information from the witnesses pertaining to the trucking company's name, and is currently conducting an investigation. If anyone has any information pertaining to this accident please message me or contact the Florida Highway Patrol. Dillon has suffered injuries from the accident and is recovering. Please feel free to share or repost, the more people that see this the better chance we have of finding the driver. Thank you to all who stopped to help my son, we are eternally grateful. Finally, a side note to the driver of the truck who valued his or her driver's license more than my son's life. You WILL be found. Jim Rybarczk, the father of Dillion Rybarczyk has requested help in finding the tractor-trailer driver that left the scene. Please share this post and if you have any information contact the Florida Highway Patrol.

Another Fatal Motorcycle Accident in Jacksonville

A fatal motorcyle accident has claimed the life of a motorcyclist Thursday morning. The accident occurred early this morning around 6 a.m. on Merrill Road and Wollery Drive. The motorcycle driver was travelling east on Merrill Road when a Honda Accord made a turn from Wollery Drive on Merrill Road. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. The motorcyclist name has not been released. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is attempting to locate the family of the victim. Sadly another motorcyclist has died in Jacksonville. The last week of April Higinio Gonzalez died in Jacksonville when a car turned into his motorcycle. The circumstances are one of the most common scenes in motorcycle fatalities. May is Motorcycle Awareness month. "Look Twice Save a Life", "Share the Road" the campaigns are designed to bring attention to the fact that motorcycles are everywhere

Jacksonville-Fatal Motorcycle Accident

Jacksonville was the scene of a fatal motorcycle accident the last week of April when 71 year old Higinio Gonzalez was thrown from his motorcycle when a car crash into his motorcycle. Higinio Gonzalez was traveling eastbound on Beach Blvd. at Forest Blvd. wearing his helmet in the middle of the day when a driver heading westbound made a left hand turn crashing into Higinio Gonzalez. The victim was transported to the hospital. He was pronounced dead when he arrived at the hospital. May is Motorcycle Awareness month as we look at the data sadly motorcycle fatalities have continued to increase. Share the Road with motorcycles, pedestrians and bicyclist. Remember "Look Twice Save a Life." Higinio Gonzalez had served in the military, he loved to ride motorcycles.

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month- This year once again we are reminded "Look Twice Save a Life." According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles Duval County reported 27 motorcycle fatalities in 2016, St Johns County reported 2 and Clay County reported 7. Motorcycle fatalities have continued to increase every year for the last 20 years. The state of Florida reported 462 motorcycle fatalities in 2013 that number has risen to 501 in 2016. Imagine a motorcyclist is driving through an intersection when a driver making a left hand turn quickly glances no cars are blocking the lane so they continue their left hand turn colliding with the motorcyclist attempting to ride straight cross the intersection. This scenario is one of the most common situations in serious motorcycle accidents. The driver of the vehicle may be a distracted they are looking for a larger vehicle another car or SUV they fail to notice the motorcycle. Decreasing the number of motorcycle accidents will require that drivers become more conscious of their presence on our roadways. The Florida Chapter of Abate recommends that all motorcycle riders take a rider education course. Florida law requires a motorcycle endorsement on your driver's license to operate a motorcycle. In order to obtain the endorsement completion of a 15 hour basic motorcycle course is required. Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles has a list of approved courses and locations on their web site. 
https://www.flhsmv.gov/.../motorcycl.../safety-course-locations/

Fatal Motorcycle Accident

A tragic motorcycle accident has claimed the life of Teal Marie Starr (her photo above). Teal Starr was riding on the back of a Yamaha motorcycle on I-295 near Baymeadows Road when she fell off and was hit by a Nissan Altima. The accident occurred on Saturday just after 11 p.m. The driver of the motorcycle was not injured. Teal Marie Starr was only 22 years old. She was transported to the hospital where she died from injuries sustained in the accident. Teal Starr and the driver of the motorcycle were wearing helmets. Her mother Susan Starr, has requested prayer. 

Jacksonville Motorcycle Accident Claims the Life of a Good Samaritan

Jacksonville's Northside was the scene of a serious motorcycle accident tragically a Good Samaritan rendering aide to the motorcyclist was struck by a car as he attempted to return to his vehicle. The motorcyclist was seriously injured in the initial crash on New Kings Road when he slowed down to turn into a gas station he was struck from behind by a work truck. The truck driver was cited for careless driving. A 71 year old man parked his vehicle in the median and crossed the street to help the injured motorcyclist. He stayed on the scene until Jacksonville Rescue arrived as he crossed the street to return to his vehicle he was struck by a Toyota Camry. The pedestrian who stopped to help suffered life threatening injures. He was transported to UF Health. The motorcyclist was also transported to UF Health with life-threatening injuries. Helping others is the right thing to do so sad to see someone injured while trying to render aide. Florida State law requires drivers to reduce speed to 20 mph less than the posted speed limit and, if safe to do so, vacate the lane closest to stationary emergency vehicles, including towing and recovery vehicles, when traveling in the same direction. If such movement cannot be safely accomplished, the driver shall reduce speed. 

Motorcycle Hit-and-Run Accident

A motorcycle accident in Jacksonville's San Jose area Wednesday evening has left the motorcyclist with life threatening injuries. The motorcycle accident involved a pick-up truck at the intersection of St Augustine Road and Old Kings Road South. The driver of the truck was not injured. Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating the accident. 

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