A motorcycle accident in St. Petersburg on Thursday injured a 41-year-old man. The bike flipped over while he was driving it from a parking lot into the connecting street. The accident happened on 46th Avenue North around 5:15 p.m.
of St. Petersburg was thrown from the 2002 Harley-Davidson Softail, the Highway Patrol said. He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with serious injuries.
The man was not wearing a helmet, which may have prevented some of his injuries. There is no law in Florida mandating helmet use when driving a motorcycle if you are over the age of 21 or have insurance for motorcycle accident injuries with minimum medical benefit coverage of $10,000. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration helmets reduce fatal motorcycle injuries by 29 percent.