Tampa Motorcycle Accident Inspires Man to Teach Safety Courses

A Port Richey man is using his prior motorcycle crashes as inspiration to teach others about motorcycle safety.

Dave Cruz, 56, has had two motorcycle crashes in his lifetime. The first took place in the 1980s in Long Island, N.Y. The first accident, which was caused by a woman who ran a red light, left Cruz with only a sprained ankle. However, his second motorcycle accident, which took place July 1998, resulted in more serious injuries.

In the Tampa motorcycle accident, Cruz broke both arms and his left leg. He dislocated his shoulder, wrists and elbow. One of Cruz’s knees was also torn off and he sustained numerous contusions and nerve damage.

After spending more than a month in a hospital, Cruz went to a rehabilitation facility. He stayed there for another month and had to learn how to walk, talk and use his arms again.

After recuperating, Cruz became a certified medical technician intermediate and volunteer EMT. He teaches now three motorcycle safety courses in our area, including Motorcycle Safety Foundation, Harley-Davidson’s Riders Edge and a class covering accident scene management.

Statistics from the Florida Highway Patrol show that 18 people died while riding motorcycles in Pasco County in 2011. Statistics from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles show that 13 people died in motorcycle crashes in Pasco County in 2010.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles ranked Pasco County ninth among counties with the highest motorcycle crash fatalities. The motorcycle crashes and fatalities sometimes result in Tampa personal injury cases.

Both of Cruz’s crashes were caused by the people who hit him in their cars.