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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.

The victim

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.

If you would like to learn more about motorcycle accidents and how you can prevent them, please visit InjuryBoard’s Motorcycle Accident information page.

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