Six police officers suffered minor injuries in a chain-reaction crash during a funeral procession, WFTV reported August 4. The officers were riding Harley-Davidsons as part of the funeral of Bruce Rossmeyer, a fixture in the Daytona Beach motorcycle community and the owner of at least 14 Harley-Davidson stores. During a pre-service procession in Ormond Beach, six people from police departments in Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach and Port Orange, as well as the Daytona Beach Fire Department, were involved in a chain-reaction crash. According to a police spokesman, the riders in front braked before riders behind them had time to react, causing an “accordion” that left one officer with a limp and another with a bandaged hand.
Rossmeyer’s funeral attracted multiple bikers, in part because he was well known in the motorcycling community. Florida Today called him a fixture at Daytona Beach’s Bike Week and Biketoberfest, and WFTV said he helped make motorcycles “big again” in Daytona Beach. His Ormond Beach Harley-Davidson dealership, Destination Daytona, claims to be the largest Harley dealership in the world. In fact, Rossmeyer was on his way to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota when he was killed in an accident in Wyoming. According to Florida Today, Rossmeyer was riding in a group of several motorcyclists and trying to pass a truck when an RV moved into his lane, colliding with his bike.
As a motorcyclist and a Pompano Beach motorcycle accident lawyer, I am sorry to bid Rossmeyer goodbye. In addition to his status as a businessman and a part of the motorcycle community, Rossmeyer was known for raising millions of dollars for charities throughout Florida. If any good can come of his death, however, I hope it raises awareness among drivers of the importance of really looking for motorcycles. The article doesn’t describe or assign fault for the accident, but as a North Miami Beach motorcycle crash attorney, I know that many drivers say after an accident that they never saw the motorcycle coming. That’s especially true when the other vehicle is large like an RV, which can dwarf even a Harley. This may make the resulting accidents the drivers’ fault — but unfortunately, motorcyclists like Rossmeyer take the bulk of the damage.
At Cohn, Smith & Cohn, I believe we offer services that many other Davie motorcycle accident lawyers cannot: Personal, firsthand experience riding a motorcycle. I understand what riders are up against on Florida roads, and I understand the legal and medical issues they commonly face after a serious accident. Our firm represents motorcyclists who were seriously hurt by someone else’s carelessness on the road, helping them recover the money they need to pay their medical bills, repair or replace their bikes and make ends meet while they cannot work. We negotiate aggressively with insurance companies, protecting our clients from unfair denials of claims and other funny business that can spring from anti-motorcycle prejudice. Our goal is always to get clients fair compensation and good medical care so they can get back on the road.
If you or a loved one was hit by a careless driver while riding a motorcycle in Florida, you should call Cohn, Smith & Cohn for a free, confidential consultation. You can contact us online or call our main office in Broward County at (954) 431-8100.