A 64-year-old Miami man was killed and his passenger hospitalized after his motorcycle crashed into a car in Pembroke Pines.
The accident occurred February 24 around 7 p.m. The victim was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle when he collided with a car that was in the process of moving into another lane, authorities said. The vehicles were traveling in the same direction.
The motorcyclist died from injuries sustained in the wreck. According to police reports, his 62-year-old female passenger sustained injuries that were not life threatening, and was transported to Memorial Regional Hospital.
The state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles says there were 7,703 motorcycle accidents in Florida in 2010, resulting in 6,884 personal injuries and 394 deaths.
According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Harley crashed into a Nissan Altima when the Nissan, which was driven by a 19-year-old, changed lanes in the 12700 block of Pines Boulevard. It appears that after the collision a second vehicle might have struck the deceased.
No criminal charges are pending, and the accident remains under investigation. Both the driver of the motorcycle and his passenger were wearing helmets.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reports that one or more of the following factors cause many motorcycle-car collisions:
- The car fails to provide a safe following distance behind the motorcycle – usually 3-5 seconds
- The car is unable to adjust to a sudden stop or swerve made by the motorcycle to avoid a puddle, debris or pothole in the road
- The driver of the car fails to check the rearview mirror or blind spots before making a turn or changing lanes
- The motorcyclist is driving too fast
- One of the vehicles attempts to pass the other in a dangerous manner
Florida personal injury lawyer Philip DeBerard represented a teenage motorcyclist who was injured while practicing on a motocross track. An experienced rider jumped a hill and landed on top of him. The boy suffered neck and back injuries, which left him a quadriplegic.
The DeBerard law firm brought an injury claim, alleging that negligence and a lack of supervision at the track caused the injury. The case settled for $1 million.