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Teenager Hospitalized in Critical Condition After SUV U-Turns Into Motorcycle

As a motorcyclist and a Coconut Creek motorcycle crash attorney, I was sorry to see a report suggesting that yet another motorcyclist may have been critically injured by a driver’s inattention. According to a Nov. 3 article from WPTV.com, a young man from Boynton Beach is in critical condition at Delray Medical Center after his motorcycle was struck by an SUV. Shane Workman, 18, was reportedly riding through Boynton Beach at around 10:30 p.m. when he was hit by an SUV making a U-turn. The driver of the SUV, Michael Frank, 22, of Lighthouse Point, was not injured.

Workman was reportedly heading south on North Congress Avenue between Miner Road and Gateway Boulevard just before the accident. Frank, the driver of the SUV, made a U-turn into Workman’s path, striking him and throwing him from the motorbike. Workman suffered unspecified serious injuries. Frank reportedly left the scene at first, but was later located. Police are investigating, but said charges are likely pending the outcome of the investigation. Any witnesses are invited to call Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at 1-800-458-TIPS or Traffic Homicide Investigator Cory Gray at (561) 742-6824.

My best wishes go out to Workman and his family. Unfortunately, as a North Miami motorcycle accident lawyer, I know best wishes may not be enough in a serious crash like this one. Motorcycle accident injuries can be extremely serious, including head injuries, multiple broken bones, soft tissue damage and sometimes severe burns. Head and brain injuries are also the motorcycle accident injuries most likely to lead to death. If seriously injured riders pull through, they may have months or years of physical and occupational therapy ahead of them as they adjust to a new disability. And of course, all of this medical care can be very expensive — treatment of severe head injuries can reach into the millions over the victim’s lifetime.

Fortunately, Florida law allows victims of serious motorcycle accidents caused by someone else’s negligence to pass those costs back to the wrongdoers. Whether or not a police investigation results in criminal charges, motorcycle crash victims and their families may seek justice and financial compensation through a Broward County motorcycle accident lawsuit. Cohn, Smith & Cohn can help. With more than 25 years of experience as accident lawyers, we know all of the most common tricks used by insurance companies to wiggle out of paying what they owe. And as a rider myself, I have personal, firsthand knowledge of the special dangers motorcyclists face, from inattentive drivers to insurance company tricks to juries prejudiced against motorcyclists. Our goal is always to get injured motorcyclists the best possible settlement — money they can use to get needed medical care, make ends meet while they cannot work and eventually move on.

If you or someone you love was involved in a motorcycle accident caused by a careless driver, a defective motorcycle or another result of negligence, we would like to help. To learn more about your legal options at a free, no-obligation consultation, please contact us through the Internet or call (954) 431-8100 today.

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