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Speeding Blamed for Fatal Single Vehicle Motorcycle Crash in Jupiter

A motorcyclist died Sunday after a single-vehicle accident, the Palm Beach Post reported July 20. According to a report released by the Florida Highway Patrol, Christian Holmes of Coral Springs was evading a state trooper when he crashed his motorcycle. He was heading south on Interstate 95 when a trooper noticed him speeding and gave pursuit, the report said. After about six minutes, Holmes took the eastbound State road 706 exit, which has a tight curve and a posted speed limit of 20 mph. He failed to negotiate the curve and died at the scene after crashing into a guardrail.

As a motorcyclist and a Pembroke Pines motorcycle accident lawyer, I don’t enjoy reading about any fatal motorcycle accident, especially one in which the motorcyclist is so clearly at fault. But with the number of motorcycle accident fatalities rising in Florida and across the United States, it’s worth noting that this rider died because he was speeding. Because motorcycles only have two wheels, they are more difficult to control than cars in a very fast turn. That can lead to spinning out, hitting the ground or simply failing to make the turn and colliding with an object. That’s one reason why, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a quarter of all fatal motorcycle accidents in 2007 involved hitting a fixed object — a substantially higher rate than for any other vehicle.

The same study showed that motorcyclists have a higher rate of other risky behaviors than other motorists. Of all drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2007, motorcyclists had the highest rate of speeding, alcohol impairment and failure to use safety restraints. (Presumably, “safety restraints” for motorcyclists means helmets, which may be unfair because Florida and many other states do not require helmets.) In the same year, motorcyclists also had the highest rate of previous DUIs, previous speeding convictions and recorded driver’s license suspensions or revocations, of all motorists involved in fatal crashes. While I believe drivers exaggerate motorcyclists’ risky behavior, I also believe motorcyclists have a responsibility to change drivers’ minds by riding safely. As a Plantation motorcycle accident attorney, I would be happy to see far fewer clients come to me with brain damage or other devastating disabilities that could have been prevented with a little more care.

Motorcycle accidents can be devastating. They can kill or leave their victims permanently and seriously disabled by brain injuries and other serious injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered this type of catastrophic injury because of the negligence of someone else on the road, you have the right in Florida to hold that person responsible with a Broward County motorcycle crash lawsuit. In this type of lawsuit, you can claim the money you need to pay all of the accident-related costs, including any medical care you may need in the future. You can also claim compensation for non-financial but devastating injuries, such as a permanent disability, the death of a loved one or other serious injuries.

Cohn, Smith & Cohn offers free consultations to injured motorcyclists and their families. To set one up, please contact us through our Web site or call (954) 431-8100 today.

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