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Jacksonville Motorcyclist Killed in Tractor-Trailer Accident

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Jonathan Hernandez1 year ago

One man was killed on Sunday in a motorcycle accident in Jacksonville.

Details about the Motorcycle Accident

Multiple sources are reporting that a man was killed on Sunday evening in an accident involving a motorcycle and a semi-truck in Jacksonville. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident temporarily shut down the southbound lanes on Interstate 95 and the north side of Interstate 295.

The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department indicated that the motorcyclist, 28-year-old Joseph Powell lost control of the bike and hit a concrete barrier wall. Powell was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The Florida Highway Patrol also stated that a tractor-trailer hit Powell and then left the scene of the accident. Another tractor-trailer hit Powell, stopped at the scene of the accident to render aid and is not expected to receive any charges.

Important Information about Motorcycle Accidents

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in the United States, and, according to data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there are thousands of wrongful deaths of people in motorcycle accidents every year in the United States:

  • In 2014, there were a total of 4,295 people who were killed in motorcycle accidents in the United States.
  • Helmets have been proven to be about 37 percent effective in preventing fatalities in motorcycle accident but are only mandatory for drivers and passengers in 19 states in the United States.
  • Motorcycle fatalities accounted for a total of 13 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities in 2014.

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