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Motorcyclist Killed in a Collision with a Garbage Truck

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Sarah Kim4 years ago

A resident of Jacksonville was killed last Thursday after his motorcycle collided with a garbage truck leaving a nearby apartment complex.

About the Fatal Motorcycle/Garbage Truck Collision

According to First Coast News, Robert W. Bentley III of Jacksonville, Florida was driving his motorcycle early Thursday Morning when he was killed in a collision with a garbage truck.

Jacksonville Sherriff Office’s Lt. DJ Valentine said it is still early in the investigation, but Bentley appeared to be going South, without a helmet, when he collided with a garbage truck leaving a nearby apartment complex. It is legal for motorcyclists to ride without a helmet in the State of Florida.

The 25-year-old motorcyclist pronouned dead at the scene near the 10100 block of Old St. Augustine Road around 6:35am. 

Information on Motorcycle Accidents

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

  • On average, riders wearing helmets have a 29% greater chance of surviving a crash.
  • Motorcyclists are in particular danger when not wearing protective apparel while driving. According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, this includes a Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 218 compliant helmet, heavy-duty jacket and pants, boots, gloves, and eye protection.
  • Consumers should use a motorcycle helmet that is certified by the manufacturer to conform to all aspects of FMVSS No. 218. The symbol “DOT” has been applied to it. It is the manufacturer’s certification that the helmet conforms to all aspects of the safety standard.
  • September 1, 1997, Texas required helmet use only for riders under age 21 and for older riders who have not completed a rider education course or who do not have at least $10,000 medical insurance coverage.
  • As seen in the Evaluation of Motorcycle Helmet Repeal in Arkansas and Texas, helmet use reduces fatality rates, and reduces injury severity among survivors of motorcycle accidents.


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