Two weeks ago, we alerted our readers to Bike Week to make them aware of the thousands of motorcyclists that would be sharing the Florida roads. Unfortunately, several cyclists died in an automobile accident during the event, including one last Saturday. As Bike Week came to a close, a 64-year-old motorcyclist from North Carolina died at the hands of an alleged drunk driver.
According to news reports, a 77-year-old Florida woman has been charged with DUI manslaughter, DUI and DUI with property damage after crashing her van head-on into the motorcyclist. On March 18 at around 9 p.m., the woman was traveling north on Ocean Shore Blvd. in Ormond Beach when she seemingly crossed into the southbound lanes. At the time, three motorcyclists were traveling south, and attempted to swerve out of the path of her van. Two cyclists were able to avoid the collision, but the third man was hit by the van and was pronounced dead at the scene.
WFTV reports that “Bike Week 2012 might go in the books as one of the deadliest for motorcycle crashes.” The Florida Highway Patrol reports 10 people died in motorcycle accidents during the event. Police report 17 crashes were reported on Saturday alone. Police have not released the final tally of motorcycle accidents during the 10-day event.
Motorcycle accidents are often particularly serious as riders are extremely vulnerable to catastrophic injury when involved in a crash. Due to the smaller size of motorcycles and a lack of protection around the vehicle, motorcycles are inherently more dangerous than cars or trucks. Sadly, fatalities are not uncommon in motorcycle accidents.
While in some of these accidents the cause may seem obvious, determining who is at fault can take time. The final determination plays a major role in police charges and in insurance payments for property damage, injuries and death.
The automobile accident lawyers of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, have investigated the circumstances of many motorcycle accidents on behalf of clients in South Florida and the Treasure Coast since 1975. We know how to determine what happened, we know what should happen next to promote the best interests of our clients, and we know how to achieve the proper results for our clients.
If you have been injured in a South Florida motorcycle accident, the motorcycle accident lawyers of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, have many years of experience in dealing with Florida insurance companies. We know their tactics. We know their techniques. Most important, we know how to protect your rights.
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