A 50-year-old Fort Myers woman died after a SUV struck her Harley Davidson from the rear and sent her into oncoming traffic. According the Florida Highway Patrol, the SUV — which was described as a white 2011 or 2012 Infiniti QX56 — did not stop. However, the latest report from FHP stated that the vehicle might have been found, although that has not been confirmed.
The victim was killed instantly when she was thrown from her motorcycle and hit by the two oncoming vehicles on State Road 415. The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet.
Hit and Run Drivers
The penalty for fleeing an accident that results in a death or injury on Florida’s roads and highways is a felony, subject up to 30 years in prison. Yet, according to a 2009 Time magazine article, Orlando, Tampa, Miami, and Jacksonville were the top-four ranked cities in the nation for hit and run accidents.
So what is the motivation behind drivers who hit and run? Why would a driver who has killed or injured another motorist or pedestrian flee? According to Deadlyroads.com, there are several reason why drivers hit and run, but these are the most common:
- Impairment (alcohol or drugs);
- Unlicensed driver/unregistered car, suspended or revoked license, or uninsured;
- Self preservation, stolen vehicle, or street racing; and
- Road Rage, amorality, or youthful immaturity.
If you want to report a hit and run driver, please call Hit and Run Reward at (800) 6-Hit-N-Run. It is completely confidential and it is the right thing to do. Those who offer tips that lead to a conviction can result in a $1,000 reward.
Hit and run driving is a heinous act and the Florida hit and run motorcycle accident attorneys at Farah & Farah hope that the driver responsible for this hit and run accident is brought to justice.
Sources: http://www.deadlyroads.com/whydriversrun.shtml; http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/local/southeast-volusia/2012/02/28/motorcyclist-dies-in-hit-and-run-crash-on-sr-415-troopers-say.html
A motorcyclist from Miami was killed in Dania Beach December 5, when his Harley Davidson motorcycle collided with a Cadillac. The motorcycle collision happened on south Federal Highway where the 46-year-old biker was northbound at about 6:30 p.m. A Cadillac, driven by a 70-year-old from Dania Beach, was heading south on Federal Highway. When he made a left turn into Southeast Sixth Street, he turned into the motorcycle.
The biker was killed in the accident and his 41-year-old female passenger from Surfside in South Florida was sent to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood with injuries. The Cadillac driver and his 83-year-old wife were both wearing a seat belt and were not hurt, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
Neither of the motorcycle passengers were wearing a helmet.
Farah & Farah sends its condolences to the friends and family of the motorcycle driver and wishes a speedy recovery to his passenger.
Motorcycle Accidents in Florida
In 2010 in Florida, 376 motorcyclists lost their lives and 26 passengers were killed in fatal motorcycle crashes. There were 7,435 bikers injured and 8,313 motorcycle crashes. Motorcycles are about eleven times more dangerous than passenger cars when it comes to fatal collisions.
Often, it is law enforcement who will point the blame at the motorcyclist for a crash but often an accident is the fault of the motorist who simply did not see the biker.
That is where a motorcycle accident attorney in Florida at Farah & Farah comes in. A thorough investigation of your motorcycle accident will assure that the true at-fault party can be determined and that person becomes responsible for compensating victims. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Florida, call Farah & Farah at (800) 533-3555 to help assess the facts of your case to bring you the compensation you deserve.
A Pasco County motorcyclist died after hitting a utility pole during the early morning hours of Friday, September 30 in Brooksville. The 54-year-old man was traveling southbound on U.S. 41, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, riding a 2010 Dongfang motorcycle, which is made in China. The St. Petersburg Times reports he drifted off the road and hit a utility pole. The man was wearing a helmet but was pronounced dead at the scene. The collision happened on Broad Street near Snow Memorial Highway at about 4:30 a.m. There is no more information currently as to what may have caused the man to leave the road.
Our condolences are extended to the rider’s friends and family members for his sudden passing.
Motorcycle Crash Statistics
Florida is seeing a resurgence of the popularity of motorcycle riding among older motorcycle enthusiasts. Although the average age of a rider used to be in the 20s and 30s, Floridians now in the age 45-plus category are increasingly taking to the Florida roadways to enjoy the freedom of a motorcycle.
In 2009, there were 376 motorcycle fatalities in the state and the 45-54 age group had the largest number of injuries at 1,667. In 2010, 350 motorcyclists were killed in the state and 1,679 motorcyclists in the 45-54 age group were killed and/or injured in Florida, again the largest age group involved.
If you or a loved one has been in a Florida motorcycle accident, we understand the pain you are going through. Oftentimes, motorists try to blame the biker for an accident, to counter the blame, you will need an experienced motorcycle lawyer who is willing to consider all of the facts and will work to recover the compensation you are due.