Motorcycles have as much right to Florida roads as other vehicles. Passenger cars, semi-trucks, and other larger vehicles must keep a vigilant lookout for smaller vehicles like motorcycles. Often in motorcycle accidents, drivers of larger vehicles claim they overlooked or failed to see the motorcycle. One example of is the case of a Port St. Lucie couple who sustained significant injuries after their 2003 Harley Davidson was struck by a 2004 Cadillac at U.S. 1 south of Eugenia Street.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the Cadillac was traveling north in the inside lane of U.S. 1 when it struck the rear of the motorcycle stopped at the traffic signal in that lane’s line of cars. The motorcyclist, 62, and his passenger, 63, both of Port St. Lucie, were ejected. The impact also sent the motorcycle into the back of a 2014 Jeep just ahead. The severely hurt biker and his passenger were both transported to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center for critical and serious injuries. The 84-year-old driver of the Cadillac, also from Port St. Lucie, was uninjured. It was not immediately clear whether the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Motorcyclists are no match for passenger cars, SUVs, trucks, and other larger vehicles. Even if a biker takes every precaution, such as wearing a protective helmet, gear and obeying traffic rules, an accident can still happen if other motorists are reckless or negligent. Significant injuries resulting from a serious motorcycle accident may require extensive and prolonged medical treatment, causing the victim’s family to suffer financially.
With the help of a Port St. Lucie motorcycle accident attorney, the injured motorbike crash victims may investigate pursuing a personal injury claim.