Shane Breen, 18 years old, died as a result of the injuries he sustained
when the motorcycle he was riding collided with an automobile making a
left-hand turn on U.S. 27 and West Avon Boulevard. According to the Florida
Highway Patrol, Ruth Ann Lacombe, 31 years old, of Sebring Florida, was
driving her Toyota Carolla north on US 27. She made a left turn directly
into the path of Breen's motorcycle causing him to collide with the
right rear section of the car. Breen was thrown from the motorcycle. Breen
had received his license and insurance to operate a motorcycle only one
day earlier. Lacombe was ticketed for violation of right of way left turn
in front of oncoming traffic.
Motorcycle accidents are common in Florida, and unfortunately, most of the time it’s not the motorcyclist’s fault.
Executing a left hand turn is a dangerous maneuver as you could be placing
your vehicle in the path of oncoming traffic. Left hand turns result in
more serious auto accidents than any other driving situation. Many states
require that a driver signal his intent to make a left hand turn at least
100 feet in advance of an intersection. It is the responsibly of the vehicle
executing the left hand turn to insure that there is no approaching traffic
or that traffic has stopped unless a green left hand turn signal is present.
In the case of a left hand turn auto accident, the assignment of fault
is nearly automatic, but there are a few notable exceptions. The vehicle
traveling in the straight path may be exceeding the speed limit, running
a red light, or unforeseen circumstance cause the vehicle making the left
hand turn to have to stop such as a car blocking it's path.
In the sad case of Mr. Breen’s death, Lacombe may simply have not
noticed his approaching motorcycle. This is a common was motorcyclists
are killed – other drivers who are not paying attention closely enough.
“Watch For Motorcycles” is a long-time public awareness campaign
and message used across the country to help remind drivers to share the
road with motorcyclists. Motorcyclists can sometimes be almost “invisible”
to other drivers, especially at night, or when the motorcycle is approaching
a vehicle’s “blind side”.
The family of Mr. Breen may have a wrongful death lawsuit that can be filed
against the Defendant’s auto insurance company. Because she was
ticketed for a traffic offense, that action can serve as evidence that
her negligent driving resulted in the death of this young motorcyclist,
holding her liable for civil action.
Motorcycle accidents that result in the death of a loved one can be complex personal injury
cases to manage. If someone you love or someone you know has lost a loved
one to a motorcycle accident, hire a personal injury lawyer who has experience
litigating these kinds of cases.
Call 561-444-4440 to speak with someone at our office who can help you
recover compensation for the loss of a loved one to a motorcycle accident.