As a Miramar motorcycle accident attorney, I was disappointed to read about a crash that left two motorcyclists hospitalized with serious injuries. As Tampa Bay Online reported Feb. 14, Jeffrey Baumrucker, 53, and Paul Miller, 56, were injured after they were rear-ended by a driver in an unincorporated area of Pasco County. Baumrucker, of Port Richey, was listed in critical condition at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa; Miller, of New Port Richey, was in serious condition. The driver and her 10-month-old passenger were not injured, and the Florida Highway Patrol says she was not under the influence of alcohol.
According to the article, Baumrucker and Miller were stopped on their motorcycles at a red light at U.S. 19 and Little Road in Hudson. As they waited for the light to change, a car approached, driven by Jennifer Maynard, 29, of New Port Richey. Maynard’s car crashed into the rear of the two motorcycles. It isn’t clear whether the two men were wearing helmets or what kind of injuries they might have, but those injuries were serious enough that both were airlifted to the hospital in Tampa. Maynard was not hurt, and neither was her passenger, Faith Fisher, 10 months. The FHP said the crash is still under investigation, and charges are pending.
I’m pleased to read that Maynard was not under the influence, which would have offered one easy explanation for her failure to stop. The reason for that failure to stop probably matters very much to the FHP. But as a Hollywood motorcycle accident lawyer, I know that it matters much less from a civil law standpoint – the fact that she failed to stop is probably enough to put her at fault for the accident. That’s important, because it gives the victims the right to claim financial damages from Maynard and her insurance company. For a seriously injured person with correspondingly high hospital bills, this can make the difference between getting needed care and going without.
Unfortunately, serious injuries are common in motorcycle accidents. Even more unfortunately, statistics show that a driver in a car or truck is often fault in two-vehicle motorcycle crashes. At Cohn, Smith & Cohn, we know that because we have extensive experience representing motorcycle accident victims in Florida – and because our attorney, Alan Cohn, is a motorcyclist himself. Our Pompano Beach motorcycle crash attorneys understand what motorcyclists face on Florida roads, and we also understand what they face in dealing with auto insurance companies eager to save a few bucks by denying claims. We fight hard to get our clients fair compensation, even when insurance companies and their lawyers try to deny it by appealing to anti-motorcycle prejudice and tired stereotypes.
If you or someone you love was seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident that was not their fault, Cohn, Smith & Cohn can help. To set up a free consultation, send us a message online or call our main office in Pembroke Pines at (954) 431-8100.