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Jacob Ballew Injured in Motorcycle Accident on US 41 in Sarasota, FL

Sarasota, FL — A man was critically injured in a motorcycle accident in Sarasota, Florida, on Sunday, December 14, 2014. The accident took place on near Braden Avenue, around 3:30 in the afternoon.

According to reports, the injured man was identified as Jacob Ballew. Ballew was headed south when Matthew Kroeger, headed north on 41, stopped to make a u-turn and drove into his path. Ballew collided with his car and was thrown close to 100 feet.

Ballew was wearing a helmet at the time. He was taken to Blake Medical Center with critical injuries. Kroeger was not injured.

Police cited Kroeger for making an improper u-turn, while Ballew was cited for not having a permit to ride a motorcycle.

Scene of the Accident


Police say that Ballew wasn’t licensed to ride a motorcycle. Regardless, that wouldn’t give every passing driver the right the crash into him. The long and short of it is, the driver should have been paying closer attention to the road. He failed to stop for the victim, so it’s possible he could be held liable for the accident. However, it’s important to remember that in accidents like this, even if the police find someone liable for an accident, that doesn’t make them obligated to pay for your medical bills, or in any way make things right with you. That whole side of things is always left to the victim to pick up the ball with. Insurance companies don’t pay anyone unless they’re compelled to.

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