An unnamed motorcyclist in Broward County was hospitalized in serious but stable condition after an accident with a car, the Miami Herald reported Aug. 31. According to the article, the 45-year-old man was riding up Boyscout Road (142nd Ave.) near Southwest 26th Street when a driver cut him off. The driver, who was traveling in the opposite direction, tried to make a left turn in front of him, sending him flying into the windshield of the car. The motorcyclist was conscious at the scene but lost consciousness en route to the hospital, where he was reportedly in stable but serious condition late on Aug. 30.
The article said prosecutors were still considering whether to file charges, at least as of press time. As a Pembroke Pines motorcycle accident attorney and a rider here in Broward County, I hope that prosecutors pursue all charges that are appropriate for the circumstances. Despite efforts by the Florida Highway Patrol and others to increase awareness of motorcycle safety, too many drivers don’t think to look for motorcyclists. It’s already hard to see motorcycles because of their smaller size, and as any experienced rider will tell you, it’s especially hard to see things you’re not expecting to see. The tragic result is that 530 Floridians lost their lives in motorcycle accidents 2007, the highest number of motorcycle deaths in the nation.
Perhaps because of the visibility problem — and despite outdated stereotypes about motorcyclists — statistics show that at least half of motorcycle accidents are caused by people in other vehicles. According to the definitive study of motorcycle accident causes, the Hurt Report, three-quarters of motorcycle accidents are multi-vehicle accidents. Of those, two-thirds — 50% of all motorcycle accidents — were the fault of a driver who violated the motorcyclist’s right of way. As a Sunrise motorcycle crash lawyer, I use statistics like these in court when they can help me prove my case, but I can’t help thinking that being the driver with the right-of-way is a rather hollow victory when you’re dead. I would much rather see drivers and motorcyclists sharing the road, politely and with awareness.
My firm, Cohn, Smith & Cohn, represents motorcyclists who were seriously hurt or wrongfully killed by another motorist’s carelessness. We understand all too well that a lawsuit can never put things back the way they were before the accident. But after an accident, victims and their families frequently find themselves dealing with massive financial problems in addition to their physical injuries. Medical expenses for a motorcycle crash can run into five or six figures, and if the injured person was a breadwinner, the family loses that income for weeks while he or she recuperates — or possibly forever. Our Fort Lauderdale motorcycle accident lawyers help these families claim those and other costs of the accident back from the person who caused it with bad driving decisions, carelessness or law-breaking.
If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash in Florida and you’d like to learn more about your legal rights, Cohn, Smith & Cohn can help. To set up a free, confidential consultation, please contact us online or call our main office in Hollywood at (954) 431-8100.