As a Hollywood motorcycle crash attorney, I was disappointed to see a report on the death of a motorcyclist and injuries to two people in cars after an early-morning chain-reaction crash. WSVN reported Jan. 14 on the crash that took place at about 1 a.m. that day. A Florida Highway Patrol statement said the crash started when a car ran into a work truck in the southbound lanes of the Palmetto Expressway, near Northwest 103rd Street in Hialeah Gardens. The driver of an SUV stopped to help, but he was rear-ended very soon afterward by a motorcyclist who was thrown from his bike. That motorcyclist, 25-year-old Adrian Cespedes Kelly, died, and drivers Edward Crouch, 29, and Juan Alvarez, 22, were hospitalized for burn injuries.
According to the FHP, the first car, a Honda Civic driven by Crouch, rear-ended a work truck in the southbound lanes of the expressway. Alvarez stopped to see if the driver was all right and left his car in a traffic lane. A female passenger said the motorcyclist appeared “not even a minute after,” in a group of three riders. Two of them passed safely by, but a third hit the back of the SUV driven by Alvarez at a high rate of speed. The report suggested that the rider may not have seen the SUV parked in the road. The crash knocked Kelly off his motorcycle and sent the motorcycle itself flying into the Civic, which caught fire. Witnesses pulled Crouch from the burning car, but Kelly died at the scene. Crouch and Alvarez suffered burn injuries.
This report quotes witnesses, including the female passenger, as saying the motorcycles approached at 150 mph. As a motorcyclist and a Davie motorcycle accident lawyer, I know that’s at or above the maximum speed for some bikes — but if true, it would still hurt Kelly’s family in any motorcycle accident lawsuit they wish to pursue. Nonetheless, the story also suggests that Alvarez may share responsibility because he parked his SUV in traffic lanes. In fact, the FHP reminded drivers in this report to pull over to breakdown lanes if they need to stop on a highway. Alvarez did a brave and important thing when he pulled Crouch from the burning car, but if the FHP believes he caused the crash by parking in a traffic lane, he may also be liable for the accident and the injuries it caused, including Kelly’s death.
At Cohn, Smith & Cohn, we have a special focus on motorcycle accident cases because my wife and I both ride motorcycles. I know Florida motorcycle law, but I also know what riders go through on Florida roads. For that reason, our Pompano Beach motorcycle accident attorneys have a unique and well-informed perspective on accident causes and insurance claims. Whenever necessary, we will fight insurance companies that try to deny claims using faulty interpretations of the facts or tired stereotypes of motorcyclists. For clients who were seriously injured or lost a family member, we work our hardest to ensure that they can collect the maximum possible compensation for their injuries and financial costs.
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