A few weeks ago, I wrote about the FHP’s report of unusually high numbers of hit-and-run accidents in Florida. That post included references to at least two accidents involving motorcyclists who might have survived their crashes — if a second vehicle hadn’t hit them while they were struggling to get up from a first accident. As a Deerfield Beach motorcycle accident lawyer, I’m sorry to say that television station WSVN reported another such accident Dec. 5. Police are asking for the public’s help finding the driver of a vehicle, possibly a black pickup truck, that struck and killed a 38-year-old woman in southeast Miami.
The accident that killed Clara Baquero de Doy took place on Krome Avenue near Kendall Drive at around 11:30 p.m. Dec. 6. The victim was riding on the back of a motorcycle in the northbound lanes of Krome Avenue. For reasons that were not clear to law enforcement, she fell from the back of the bike and ended up in the southbound lanes. There, she was hit by an oncoming vehicle, whose driver then left the scene. Police speculate that the driver may not have realized that he or she hit a person, but hope that the news report will help that driver realize what happened. Lt. Alex Annunciato of the Florida Highway Patrol asked that driver, or anyone else who may have been at the scene, to come forward with more information.
As a Dania Beach motorcycle crash attorney, I am disappointed to read about yet another hit-and-run affecting a Florida motorcyclist. As I have noted on this blog before, Florida has the nation’s highest rate of hit-and-run accidents. Accidents with motorcyclists may be particularly likely to produce hit-and-runs because the severe injuries a motorcycle accident can cause may make some drivers panic and leave the scene. In cases like this, the low visibility of motorcycles and their riders may also be a factor. Unfortunately, leaving the scene of an accident sets drivers up for substantially worse consequences if they are caught. Not only could those drivers face charges of leaving the scene — even if the original accident does not result in criminal charges — but they could also end up on the wrong side of a Pompano Beach motorcycle accident lawsuit. Juries in both criminal and civil courts have little patience for drivers who hit others and leave them on the roadside as they flee.
At Cohn, Smith & Cohn, we pay special attention to motorcycle accident claims because my wife and I both ride. We understand the law, but we also understand that motorcyclists face several special obstacles and conditions, both and off on the roads. In cases of serious injury, we have seen insurance companies try to reduce the amount they must pay to victims by exploiting anti-rider stereotypes about excessive speed or drinking. This would never happen if the client was hurt in a car crash — and our Tamarac motorcycle accident lawyers will not let it happen to our motorcycle clients. We will negotiate aggressively for all of the compensation our clients are entitled to by law, even if it means bypassing an easy settlement and going to court. Our goal is to ensure that no client goes without needed medical care or other expenses caused by someone else’s carelessness on the road.
If you were seriously hurt or lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash that was no fault of your own, you should call Cohn, Smith & Cohn for help. To set up a free, confidential evaluation of your case, you can call our main office in Hollywood at (954) 431-8100 or send a message through our Web site.